electronic-cigarettes-by-numbers-infographicWhat came to mind the first time you saw somebody standing on a street corner vaping? Was it something that looked cool to you or were you curious? Then when you noticed actors and entertainers vaping, did it change your opinion? Does seeing others vaping make you want to give it a try, even if you don’t smoke?

Experts will tell you that for certain, seeing famous people vaping has made it even more popular than it would have been if only the average Joe was vaping. But, as vaping popularity grows, so the laws and restrictions. Some of the same laws for traditional cigarettes no apply to electronic cigarettes, such as minimum age allowed to purchase.

And the flavored liquids that are available for e-cigs, and there are many, is drawing the attention of teenagers and younger children. After all, it smells like candy, surely it tastes like candy too, right?  Of course not, but that is a child or teen’s logic and when paired with the it “looks cool”, they are going to want to at least try it.

Is The Vape Culture A Social Warzone?

Everything in everyday life is affected by social media today. From the fun and happy times to social issues and for certain, vaping, are all on social media, such as Facebook. Over the past few years, vaping has grown from only a few hundred people to 1000s vaping all around the universe.

Facebook had vaping group pages, but because of the negativity that comes with vaping, the powers there have cracked down on the groups. However, on Facebook, there is CASSA, a group with a membership of 1000 that are dedicated to eliminating those bans, educate the general public, and educate lawmakers as well.

Vaping Expansion is Happening

Because there is a “certain” type of people that vape, like there are certain types that attend Comic Con, muscle car show, or the rodeo, there is a convention for vapors too.  In cities across the country, there are 1000s that attend the Electronic Cigarette Convention and Vapefest. Another popular convention is held in California, The International Cloud Championships and in Las Vegas, there is the World Series of Vape.

Defining Vaping

So, we have discussed the pros and cons of vaping and the social admiration or social stigma of vaping. But what exactly is vaping? The first thing anyone considering taking up vaping should now is that there is more than one type of vaporizer. Vaping is inhaling water vapor from an electronic cigarette.

There is a flavored e-liquid inside the vape device that is a gaseous form that can have a varying amount of nicotine. One thing you’ll notice different about traditional cigarette smoking and vaping is that the vaper is thick and has an aroma that comes from the e-liquid.

Is Vaping Harmful – The Great Debate

The debate about vaping is on-going and as it grows in popularity, the more debate there is, or so it seems. Is vaping a harmless solution for those trying to kick their nicotine addiction?

There has been much research and many studies done to determine this, and that research and studying is still in process.

One three-month study with 2,100 participants for 30 days found that just over 30% of the participants used vaping to quit smoking. And interesting note regarding the test was the follow-up afterward found that those that went to vaping made a bigger effort to quit their nicotine addiction than those that didn’t use vaporizers.

When it came to the bank account, those that switched to vaping from traditional cigarettes found that it saved them money. While the starter kit can be a small investment, supplying it with batteries and e-liquids are less expensive than buying pack after pack of traditional cigarettes. Vaping also saves money on auto, health, and home insurance as smokers have a greater risk to insurance companies.