Vaping, the Media and You: Challenging Perceptions
If you’re new to the world of e-cigs, you’re probably unfamiliar with the bad rep that the industry has somehow picked up over the last couple of years. Technically, you might have been aware of the reputation as an outsider - vapes bad, not vapes good.
However, if you look at it from the perspective of someone who has been using e-cigs, you’ll find that it’s often a different story. There’s actually a whole other world when it comes to e-cigs and the media, and it’s something we’ll be diving into here.
Unfortunately, the vaping community has picked up a bad reputation in the eyes of a surprising handful of people. We’ve been told time and time again that vaping is a gateway to teenage smoking, that it’s offensive and obnoxious, and that vapers themselves are generally some kind of negative caste in society.
Much of this is based on media frenzy and misinformation but the opinion has still remained a constant for the last 5-6 years or so, often longer than that. It’s become a real issue, and one which we’ve struggled as a community to shift.
What Can I Do?
As a member of the vaping community there are a lot of things that you can do to make sure that you present a positive image of e-cigs and help to shift public opinion. We’ve collected a few of the big things here:
- Educate yourself. The first and best thing that you can do if you’re someone who is using e-cigs is to educate yourself on how they work, the health benefits, the right version of the facts when it comes to controversies, etc. It is up to you to take up a position of authority and learning when it comes to e-cigs because this means that you can provide a proper response to common queries and issues.
- Practice good vape etiquette. Make sure to be polite with your device, ask if it’s okay to vape, don’t blow smoke in anyone’s face, etc. Challenge the stereotype that we’re all inconsiderate and offensive!
- Stay calm and polite. When debating e-cigs with anyone, losing your temper or patience is the fastest way to ruin your position. Stay calm and debate with manners and patience - it’ll help you to look like a professional on the subject and give your statements more creedence.
When it comes to e-cigs you’ve definitely got a lot of options available and you should take a look at all of the options when it comes to combating media opinions. It’s up to each of us as vaping enthusiasts to educate the public where we can and debunk some of the theories. We can change public opinion, but it will take time, and require everyone to do their part. Infinite Vapour is committed to providing a broad selection of options for vape lovers, providing everything you could need for a successful and highly enjoyable vape experience.