I have blogged before about how uncomfortable I feel about trashing smokers in our desperate attempt to protect ourselves. We are making enemies for ourselves - enemies of people who were our friends. (read the responses)
My response which was actually longer than appears there, was to ask how we should protect vaping from intrusive legislation seeing it is is by all intents and purposes, the new kind of smoking. The only branch we can hang onto in the anti-smoking current carrying everything away from us, is that vaping is less harmful than smoking burning tobacco.
I am very uncomfortable when vapers try to rescue us by tramping on the heads of smokers and trashing the habit which was theirs too. I am sorry we are losing friends - good friends - through our behaviour.
I cannot see any way we can avoid our own drowning, and wish there was some solution.
In my survey our attitude to smoking and smoking are interesting. Only 10% of us felt we were smokers that vape. 75% feel they are ex-smokers. Only 6% are dual users.
26% feel smoking is "disgusting" and 48% - nearly half of us - feel smokers should change to vaping. A quarter of us feel we can't defend smoking anymore and a quarter (more or less) say they do. A small amount of vapers feel vapers and smokers cannot unite and a third feel we can.
I wish there was some way we could work together, we already - both smokers and vapers, have so many enemies. We are doing ourselves a disservice and I am sad we lost a friend.
|I consider myself a smoker but I vape instead||281||26||9.25%||371||39||10.51%||408||43||10.54%|
|I am an ex-smoker that vapes||281||202||71.89%||371||280||75.47%||408||305||74.75%|
|I am a dual user. I vape and smoke||281||19||6.76%||371||19||5.12%||408||23||5.64%|
|I think smoking is a disgusting habit||281||65||23.13%||371||93||25.07%||408||108||26.47%|
|Smokers should change to vaping||281||126||44.84%||371||170||45.82%||408||194||47.55%|
|Smokers should smoke if they want to||281||85||30.25%||371||112||30.19%||408||120||29.41%|
|I cannot defend smoking anymore||281||63||22.42%||371||84||22.64%||408||96||23.53%|
|I still defend smokers||281||65||23.13%||371||88||23.72%||408||93||22.79%|
|Smokers and vapers cannot unite||281||14||4.98%||371||24||6.47%||408||27||6.62%|
|Smokers and vapers should unite||281||96||34.16%||371||119||32.08%||408||128||31.37%|