After reading this piece, several responses can occur. Some of you will give thumbs up and state, “It’s about damn time!” Some of you will just shake your head and go, “So, what else is new?” Some will think that what I’m saying is unfair or that I’m full of crap. Whatever you feel, it is something that I think we are all thinking, only a few people are saying it, and everyone is just ignoring it.
Since I’ve been involved with the vaping community back in 2014, I’ve noticed such a fast and HUGE boom with the vaping industry. There’s been some great products and companies out there that I happen to support and give names to with names such as Gorge Vapors, Honest Vapor, Kangertech, Aspire, VapeTVLive, and Parrot Juice (to give a few examples). There have also been some bad companies and products that I’ve come across in which I choose not to name because I don’t believe they need the press. It’s also the reason why I will choose not to write articles or do interviews with the people behind them because I personally feel that they don’t really deserve that attention.
I’ve also been coming across these young guns (and even a few veterans) who think they know everything about vaping. It doesn’t matter if they are a customer in a vape shop, a vape shop owner or are a new to the area. No one in vaping knows anything totally. Even the most veteran vapers I know always say that they are constantly learning something new.
Yet, the I-think-I-know-everything-attitude is out there. It’s that snotty teenage bully thinking that makes our industry look bad. Including blowing clouds because you think you can vape, being snotty about vaping issues, trolling shows for no reason, etc.
There are even certain things that I have heard that make me scratch my head and say, “Are you serious?”
Here are some things I’ve actually heard in real life and online that I will guarantee will give you the face palm:
“Advocacy is work? But we’re already working!”
“I don’t really clean my tanks. I just vape them all out and the juices are going to blend anyway.”
“I’m not really interested in the advocacy. I’ve been in the industry long enough. It doesn’t really do anything.”
“Oh. You’re an online host? I don’t go on the Internet. I don’t even have a computer.”
Those are just a few of the ones I’ve heard. I’m sure that you’ve heard a few doozies a time or two. Feel free to email them to me if you think of any, especially if you’re a respectable vape shop owner who’s had to educate a few people a time or two. The point is, the vaping industry and the community is failing as a whole to call these people out (and I’ll admit including myself sometimes).
Anti-vapers are listening in, ghosting, and looking for ANYTHING to use that hits at the ignorance and lack of education in the community. If you look at the numerous Calls to Action that CASAA has posted in its emails and that vapers like me have posted on our social media pages that should tell you what vapers are up against. Some have even used negative vaping videos against the community to prove their point about how much of a bad influence vaping is. Are you one of those walking that path?
Where I live, I know of at least one shop that has closed and one shop hanging by the thread because they just didn’t cut the highly cutthroat vaping market. A hookah bar has just recently opened two doors away from a vape shop near me that I know will not only create great competition, but will be interesting to see who survives that battle. There’s a lot of tobacco shops who have integrated (poorly) vaping as part of their product line not only with big names like Suicide Bunny and Space Jam, but who also hire workers who are giving potential and even current vapers little if not any information at all. Does this concern any of you at all?
If it does, and you understand where I’m going with this. Speak out about it and call it out. Talk about it on your shows and get people riled out. Don’t be afraid to rant about it, because there are things out there within the vaping community and the industry as a whole that we need to get ticked off about. We need to educate the ignorant ones and give them the reasons as to why they are wrong and not just say they are. You’re good people in the vaping community are the ones I love to talk to, willing to write articles about (and have), and who know that it means to be a community. You fight hard for the vaping community and inspire people like me to not give up and keep going. You’re the ones that even inspire me to speak out more than ever before on vaping because you GET IT!
If this doesn’t concern you, then unfortunately, your livelihood, reputation, and business will be affected. Obviously, you’re the ones that don’t care about the community and helping others. You don’t care about saving lives. You just care about money and how much you can kill other vape shops. You’re the one that won’t use your right as a vaper to vote for the right person who supports vaping. You don’t even care enough to send a simple tweet, write a letter, or even go down to a hearing for your community on a potential vaping ban that could affect the business that walks through your doors. You’d rather troll a person and telling them they are a stupid vapor and make personal attacks that have nothing to do with vaping. In essence, you’re the one that makes the good guys look bad and the anti-vapers want to shut all of us down. It was nice knowing you!