Last updated on January 20th, 2020
Is This Country Violating Smokers' Rights?
I’ve been participating in a discussion about quitting cigarettes and I’ve changed my mind about a few things. One thing I’ve realized is that there is no such thing as Smokers' Rights. Too often it doesn’t pay to tell someone that smoking is bad for you. You’ll either get a “so what else is new” comment, or a “yeah, but I could get hit by a truck tomorrow” comment.
I was once on the side of the “general public” in the U.S. who basically maintain that smoking in public is a violation of the rights of non-smokers. After all, second hand smoke is just as harmful as first hand smoking, (right?) and smoke stinks up the place, your clothes and your hair and creates an all-around distasteful environment for those who can’t stand tobacco or tobacco smokers. But there is another side to this.. and that is that smokers have rights too.
Smokers Are Now Stigmatized
According to studies cited in a recent article in New Republic, smokers are now perceived as “lacking in cleanliness”. Smoking is even regarded by some as a sign of personal failure. They certainly do not believe in smokers' rights.
Smokers are not second-class citizens. Many started smoking when it was still OK to smoke in public spaces. A lot of them are offended by those who think they can just change the rules and deny smokers rights just to satisfy a bunch of special interest groups.
Cigarettes are still enjoyed by millions who would rather “fight than switch” (remember that one?). I maintain that it's nearly impossible to convince a die-hard smoker that smoking will kill them. There are lots of stats, true, but only the smoker can decide if and when they want to quit. Giving up something one finds really pleasurable (and is addicting to boot), is hard! Being told they can't smoke, just makes them mad.
What About Electronic Cigarettes?
Millions of people have switched to using e-cigarettes. One reason they choose to vape is that they can now smoke at home indoors, in some bars and in their cars without the smell or smoke associated with tobacco cigarettes. Vaping is not only proving to be a very pleasurable smoking alternative, it's a fact that vaping is at least 98% safer than smoking cigarettes. Still, there are too many special interest groups who think vapers should be treated with the same contempt as smokers, but that's another discussion.
I'm glad vaping is now hugely popular because I, like many former smokers, have a distaste for the smell, the butts and the smoke of cigarettes and ecigs have none of those unpleasant features.
E-cigarettes are sometimes marketed as an alternative to smoking tobacco, but vaping is really in a class of its own. Being able to enjoy savory flavors, with or without nicotine, while blowing clouds of vapor is one factor what makes the difference.
You may not have considered it, but vaping can also save you a lot of money.
With cigarette sales declining, prices are skyrocketing. The absence of smokers' rights are affecting your wallet too.
If you’re looking to try out a vaping device because you've had it with the stigma of being a smoker, or you simply want a safer smoking alternative, you should know that the safest, most reputable kits are sold on-line. They’re also designed with your personal preferences in mind. Not only do the styles vary, but the distributor’s return policies, e-liquid safety standards and customer service can be better than you'll get by shopping in a vape shop.
I also suggest investing in a quality device. The experience will give you a fair trial of the vaping experience. There are several excellent vape companies, but I often recommend Vaporfi. You can also check out our Best Selling Electronic Cigarette Comparison Chart, which includes helpful details about each brand.
Whatever space you're in, remember you do deserve the right to smoke or vape.
I wish you good health and happiness.