Smokers: The Second Class Citizen

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There once was a time when smoking was considered acceptable. Not only was it acceptable, it was actually popular. You could see it everywhere, in advertisements, in movies, in every public place and across popular culture. Smoking was “in”, smokers were “cool”. However, the adverse health effects of smoking could not be denied, and the more research progressed, the more evident those effects became.

Now the laws have changed, and the paradigm has shifted. It was not immediate nor instantaneous, but slowly over time. What once was popular became unpopular, what once was acceptable became unacceptable. Gradually, one’s ability to smoke was limited by laws, laws defining when and where you could smoke.

No longer could you “light up” at the restaurant or movie theater, you just had to walk out the front door. Then that option was taken, now you have to walk 20, 50 or even 100 feet from that door. Progress dictates that laws go even further than that, depending where you live. Now for most smokers, it isn’t where you can’t smoke that is defined, but rather where you can.

These laws are not without merit. They are not necessarily a bad thing, for when you consider the horrifying effects that smoking has on the human body, the simple truth cannot be denied.

Smoking is bad.

The E cigarette offers a new way, it offers the first chance of true hope for smokers. You no longer have to force yourself into withdrawal, or go through an ineffective cessation product or program. You can halt, and even reverse, the damage to your body with a simple, easy transition to this modern technology.

The best part is, vaping offers practically zero health hazards to the vaper, and none to the “bystanders”. The vapor transitioned smoker can regain the freedom now lost. You can vape in the restaurant, vape in the theater, it doesn’t hurt you or anyone nearby. You can circumvent withdrawal, and you can continue your desired lifestyle comfortably and without risk.

Anti-smoking activists and politicians hate that, they do not want you to have this get-out-of-jail-free card. They cannot stand the idea of you passing go and collecting your 200 dollars. You must be punished, you must pay for smoking. You must suffer through withdrawal, and/or risk the horrific side-effects of a brain altering pharmaceutical chemical.

The nature of freedom demands that it cannot only be taken, but must also be defended. Those of you who have made the Switch, must ensure that your newfound liberty is not stripped from you, either by baseless accusation or regulation.

 

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28 Comments

  1. Nev NYC says

    preach on brother!! vaping is definitely the future for ppl trying to quit smoking.. I really hope it is not regulated and taxed like cigarettes are..

  2. mrscasey says

    Agreed! Every Vaper should get involved, write letters, make phone calls and support CASAA. We have found a safer alternative, let’s fight for our right to continue using it.

  3. RCO67 says

    Agree with MrsCasey. If you value the freedom to vape, get involved. Be proactive. There is an active group of people trying to strip that freedom away from us.

  4. slap_maxwell says

    While i enjoy vaping, I don’t like to see anyone saddled with a label like “second class citizen” just because they choose do do something that others don’t do (hey, sounds familiar, innit?)

  5. MrsB3 says

    Agree with MrsC.

  6. bybees3 says

    Not sure we can claim ‘no risks’. Vaping community is quick to point out that many want to regulate or ban ecigs without any evidence that they are hazardous, but we forget there is no evidence they aren’t hazardous either. While I completely agree they are much better for us than cigarettes, we have to realize, their just isn’t enough proof to support either argument.

  7. Ben Stewart says

    @ bybees3

    I want to thank you for pointing that out, I sometimes can get a tad impetuous when I write passionately about something. I will go through and rephrase any possible exaggerations.

    I would also like to thank everyone for the kind comments (current and future), glad there are others just as fired up!

  8. stogismkr says

    This is great, we all need to support as much as we can, we all know that vaping is not “safe”, however it is MUCH safer than the alternative – SMOKING!

  9. Tony says

    I agree with mrscasey

  10. tiffjamesnjj says

    when i was a smoker, i waas a militant smoker..
    now i am a militant vaper lol

  11. FloridaVaping says

    Very interesting post and you hit it out of the ballpark. Thanks for this..

  12. bybees3 says

    You’re welcome, Ben. We just have to be careful with what we say. Anything that is not 100% factual can come back to bite us. Of course, that’s probably not the case for those trying to stop vaping. They seem to be able to get away with saying whatever helps their case, factual or fiction.

    Keep fighting the good fight>

  13. morrinb says

    Great writing!

  14. Michelle says

    CAN I GET AN Amen

  15. Mike says

    “militant smoker” HA HA, now I need to find me a lady who is a militant cleaner, shopper, and clothes folder. Hmmmmm Wait, thats a maid Sorry, just ignore this and me 😉

  16. Tyler says

    awesome post

  17. VapersWin says

    I just wana vape! Who wants to pay more?

  18. Flux83 says

    Right on

  19. saboinia says

    nice post………….agreed….but then again i have always felt i was a 2nd class citizen

  20. MrsB3 says

    No 2nd class citizens around here!

  21. Danielle says

    As much as I hate smoking, I hate how smokers are treated more..

    I wonder if there’d be such a beef with vaping if it was never referred to as ‘e-cigs’ ..That just gives people the wrong idea

  22. aaron says

    great post. This is a new age of electronics. We have to stand storng in what we beleave in.

  23. mjfive says

    so what class are we now ?e-cigs are now being in the non smoking bans….

  24. Timothy M Sullivan says

    Our societies are so sensitive these days.. just the though of smokelike vapor offends some people… and our politicians are greedy… Really wish we could have a Vape utopia like smoking was in the 50s 🙂

  25. VapeNEscape says

    Awesome Post.. /Thread as well, as the comments have made it!! 🙂 They have no boundaries these days as to what they won’t attempt to band… It’s common sense to know a person Vaping is exhaling out water (in a sense 😉 ) However, Vaporized Cigarettes are already banned in certain places as well 🙁

  26. kelliperkins says

    Love the title and its all so true!!!

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