Do you smoke? We would hope not, but if you do, the switch the e-cigarettes is seen by some to be healthier… plus, if you get way into it, you can call yourself a "Vaper"! LOLz!
The Vaper subculture isn't just for those who switch, instead it's for those who are actually outspoken about the switch — and the fact that they have NO intentions of quitting. They're the same people who you'll find yelling from the rooftops that they believe their their addiction can save the lives of millions because the vapors they inhale, along with nicotine, are far safer than the tar and chemicals in tobacco cigarettes.
Even more so, they're obsessed with the customizable technology of electronic cigarettes — spending thousands to trick out their smoking pieces with upgrades! Here's what one e-cig store owner says:
'You’re not downgrading from a cigarette. You’re getting something more. You’re getting accessories, you’re getting colors, you’re getting flavors. You’re able to tune the experience – fine-tune it to you.'
Basically, Vapers are a combo of smokers and tech geeks.
In the end though, while e-cigarettes are technically far safer, it seems like they're far from safe: you're still inhaling chemicals, just less harmful ones. Plus, legally, the U.S. government forbids e-cigarette makers from claiming that the devices will help smokers quit and the FDA still classifies it as smoking.
We say it's probably better just to quit altogether, and save yourself some SERIOUS cash (and health problems)!
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