Vaping is still relatively new, and completely unknown by many people. A recent hospital stay really showed me the spectrum of education. It started in the ER, I immediately asked for my bag with my vape, asked if it was ok, and the nurse told me it was fine, she had a friend that vaped. She even asked me where to get one. I was in the hospital over 2 weeks, and most of the time it was fine. I vaped in my room. Something very scary happened to me while I was in the hospital and I don’t know if it was the doctors covering their asses, or complete ignorance of vaping.
A nurse noticed my oxygen level was dropping and got nervous. They apparently decided it was because I was on too much pain meds and decided to put something in my IV. When the nurse gave me a couple drops I immediately felt my blood feeling like it was turning to ice throughout my whole body. I asked the nurse what the hell she was giving me and explained what was happening and all she said was “really?” before she gave me the rest. The next thing you know I’m calling 911 on my phone IN A HOSPITAL because the nurses freaked out and left the room. I was screaming for help, I don’t even remember what was happening but I was very scared. I woke up in ICU with double pneumonia The doctor decided to blame this on my vaping! He demanded my bag and asked why I carried it around with me. I explained it was just a backpack, I kept everything in there, it was no different than a woman having a purse. He wanted that bag. I told him I’d show him what was in it because he told me I was using drugs. When I pulled out my vape that was his cue to act shocked, all the nurses played along, oh my god, what is that, he’s using drugs.
Whether they really knew what it was is a mystery. I think they wanted to blame that on some fuck up they made. The insisted that is why I almost died and got double pneumonia. I wouldn’t give them the bag, security came in and ripped it out of my hands and I back handed (lightly) slapped him on the arm as if to say “asshole”. They decided to baker act me and take my bag.
So how some people knew what it was, and others were THIS ignorant, in the same place is beyond me. Again I think this was an act to blame me for their fuck up, but it could be just complete ignorance.
The bottom line is people need to be educated on what vaping is. So when we are vaping in a non smoking area, people don’t stare and point and tell us there is no smoking. I do understand some people may see us vaping and say “well if he can do that I can smoke” and create a scene by lighting up. Or vaping on a plane and people freaking out thinking it is a terrorist attack. But, nonetheless, people need to be educated as much as possible. Talk about it to your friends, post about it on facebook. The more people that know about it, the better off we all are.