Why I wish smoking weren’t considered “cool”

There’s no feeling quite like coming home after a long night at work, kicking your shoes off, and being welcomed by this…


I swear he does this just to fuck with me…
I received a new vape from my brother the other day. I have already spent a fortune on the damn things. I keep breaking them.

The first one went through the wash. So I used that as an excuse to go out and buy a more expensive one. The more expensive one stopped working for no reason at all.

I was going to try and fix it myself, but there were little stickers over the screw holes that said “if broken warranty void”

So I took it the the vape shop.

Vape shops are weird. There were a couple of kids in the store sitting on a couch watching tv whilst vaping, and an old-ish dude siting on a stool behind the counter, vaping.

They weren’t talking to eachother or anything. Just vaping. I would understand if they were getting high and just sitting in silence tripping out. But they weren’t. They were just vaping. It was kind of unsettling. I don’t know why. Maybe I’m just unsettled easily.

I told the guy behind the counter about how my vape stopped working. He replied “don’t worry. I’ve fixed heaps of these. It’s a common problem”

He busted out his tool kit, broke the “void warranty” stickers and had a fiddle.

After about ten minutes he said ” sorry mate, I think it’s broken. I don’t think I can help you”

…err

“What the fuck man, you just voided my warranty…”

That’s what I should have said.

Instead I replied with “no worries. Thanks for trying.”

Because avoiding confrontation is a talent of mine.

And out the door I went. Along with my vaping days.

But yea. My brother gave me a new one. So I’m going to get back into it.

Yet I am reluctant. Because using a vape has been associated with being really, really lame.

I like to think I’m not too worried about the opinions of others. But I am more likely to pull out a smoke in public eye than I am my vape.

And that really sucks. Because vaping is an awesome tool for quitting smoking.

People say “there haven’t been enough studies done to determine if vaping is as safe as people think”

Well yes, that is correct. But plenty of studies have been done on smoking. And we fucking know that kills people. So if there’s a choice between something that WILL kill you, and something that might, but probably won’t kill you, shouldn’t we be encouraging the latter?

I hate that vaping is thought of as being lame, and smoking has historically been associated with being “cool” it’s essentially the same fucking thing.

In my opinion. It’s all just smart marketing. It’s no coincidence that every badass, rebel and cool guy in every movie up until recently has smoked. It’s product placement, done in such a way that they have been able to create an entire image bassed around smoking.

Smoking is cool because cool people do it, therefore people who smoke are cool.

Take sandy from Greece as an example. All she had to do to become queen of the douchebags was put on some tight pants and whack a durry in her mouth.

What the fuck.

I wonder how many kids went out and bought a pack in an attempt to replicate the “cool sandy” image.

And this is why I’m frustrated that vaping doesn’t have the same image attached to it.

*warning! Conspiracy theory ahead. Please put on your tin foil hats now.*

Imagine you are a tobacco company.

“What? How do I imagine I’m an entire company?”

Just do it ok…

A product comes along that could threaten to decrease sales dramatically.

It wouldn’t take a genius to come up with the idea of starting a viral campaign about how lame said product is.

It makes sense…

It is easier for a person their immediate image, and judgment from their peers, than it is for them to worry about the long term consiquences of smoking.
So mayyyyyyybe we can try stop with the vape jokes? Maybe?

3 thoughts on “Why I wish smoking weren’t considered “cool”

  1. Do you live in one of those “no smoking anywhere indoors” states? (If you do live in the states). I know a lot people are quitting because they don’t want to go outside to smoke all the time, especially in the snow.

    Also, your cat may not like that plastic bag in his box. They create a static charge. Try to get it on there as tight as possible so it lays flat on the box. Cheers!

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    1. I’m in Australia. It’s pretty much no smoking anywhere at all here. Most of the time you have to walk away from any kind of public area. I use it as an excuse to get me time though. Ugh.

      Ah I see. I will straighten the thingy up and see if it helps šŸ™‚ thanks

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