Vaping Is Denormalizing The Smoking Habit, Not Renormalizing It! 5th August 2015 – Posted in: News – Tags: , , , ,

There has been a lot of argument recently about the idea of vaping in public, and whether it is renormalizing the idea of smoking in the minds of the public, and of our children growing up. The fear is that seeing so many people vaping make smoking seem like a completely normal behaviour, and could actually do more harm than good. Well, with all due respect to anti-vapers, there is really no standing to this claim. In fact, vaping is going a long way to do exactly the opposite, and make smoking seem like something abnormal, to be avoided.

Smoking Is A Pretty Normal Habit As It Is

The very basic fact here is that smoking is a common habit in our society. There are around 10 million adult smokers in the UK – that’s roughly 1 in 6 adults. Percentage wise, this makes smoking more ‘normal’ than having ginger hair, or suffering from diabetes. Just because they are made to stand outside doesn’t mean they are gone, or that the habit has been alienated completely.


There Is Absolutely No Evidence Of Gateway Smoking

A few of the anti-vapers have stated that vaping is a gateway to smoking, and it will cause more people, particularly children attracted by the delicious flavours, to take up smoking. This is completely false, and the evidence actually points to the other way. Vaping is most commonly used as an exit from smoking – a way of cutting out the toxic chemicals from tobacco cigarettes and gradually lower nicotine intake over time with low nicotine e-liquids.


Most E-Cigarettes Don’t Actually Look Like Cigarettes

While e-cigarettes might have been fashioned in the likeness of their tobacco relatives 4 or 5 years ago, this is certainly not the case now. Very few vapers actually use ‘cigalikes’, instead preferring the modern e-cigarette, which looks as much like a cigarette as a Kindle looks like a paperback book. Over 66% of UK vapers use tank systems, which add to the differentiation between the two. This means e-cigarettes can’t be used to normalise smoking, because they look nothing like cigarettes!


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Another common argument being thrown around is that electronic cigarettes are being used to circumvent the smoking ban, allowing users to smoke indoors. The smoking ban was a crucial part of denormalizing smoking, and still is to this day. Saying that vapers are using e-cigarettes just to smoke indoors is ludicrous. Studies show that most vapers are using e-cigarettes as a way of quitting smoking altogether, helping to cut down on tobacco consumption, rather than as a substitute. ON top of that, most vapers will still only use their electronic cigarettes outdoors, or when given express permission to do so indoors, which shows the continued denormalization of the smoking habit.


Most Vapers Are Smokers Or Ex Smokers

If there was evidence that vaping was being taken up by large numbers of non-smokers, then you could easily argue that it was contributing towards the renormalizing of smoking. However, this is just not true. In fact, just 0.1% of e-cigarette users had never smoked before taking up vaping. 0.1%! 2/3 of e-cigarette users are existing smokers of tobacco cigarettes, while the remaining third are ex smokers. And when it comes to children being enticed by the idea of flavours like bubble-gum and grape, studies show that 0% of children who have never smoked have used e-cigarettes, and only 5% of the children who do smoke more than once a week are using e-cigarettes to do so.


Vapers Aren’t Flaunting Their Habit

Quite the opposite actually. The whole e-cigarette movement is a result of the denormalization of smoking, not an attempt to normalize it. When a vaper takes a puff from an e-cigarette, what they are saying is ‘I know smoking is bad, but I have an addiction that I can’t quit entirely, so I’m using this instead.’ Most vapers realise that smoking isn’t a good thing, but nicotine is a highly addictive substance, and anyone who has ever tried to quit knows how difficult it can be. We shouldn’t be demonizing those who are trying to quit using e-cigarettes, but instead supporting them.