A few years in and vaping has changed so much that it’s impossible to keep up with everything. One thing that has become ever popular is new people getting into vaping and immediately wanting to blow huge, puffy clouds of vapor. So much so that the industry has come out with a slew of tanks designed for that very purpose. I don’t have some elitist standpoint in which I feel like a new vaper didn’t earn the right to blow clouds by learning how to build; it’s more of a safety concern. Use to be, if you wanted to become an “advanced vaper” and blow these huge clouds, you had to learn how to build coils and learn (sometimes the hard way) about battery safety. Or, a shop would build your coils for you and (hopefully) teach you about battery safety. Now, you can purchase a mod and one of these sub ohm tanks and you’re off to the races. It’s not really a “bad” thing per se, but with all of the bad press we already get, any mistake made will be national news overnight.
Vaping IS a safer alternative to smoking, but making poor decisions on our part is just as harmful as the media releasing misinformation. I can only hope that shops are educating their customers and not just looking at the sale. Consumers as a whole do not typically study up on products they want to try. They will see others who have successfully put down cigarettes by vaping and decide to dive in head first. I know this because I was told it was safer and that was good enough for me. It wasn’t until I became interested in the hobbyist side of vaping that I actually took an interest in what I was inhaling, how the vapor was produced and if it was really safer than cigarettes. Battery safety was the farthest thing from my mind… I wanted to quit smoking. I never saw someone blowing huge clouds until I got into it. Now, more and more vapers are coming on board and big, poofy clouds are getting increasingly popular. It’s up to us to make sure these new vapers are doing it safely. It won’t always be a popular standpoint but with vaping under the amount of scrutiny it is, it’s necessary.