You know what pisses me off aside from the obvious? A lot. I don’t like that. There’s nothing I can do about it, but it scorches my ass.
Certainly we all have pet peeves. Some things bother a few, a few things bother many, and this is my partial list.
There’s plenty more, but I’ve tried to narrow it down for time and space. If you’re not a regular reader, thanks for joining me. If I have to warn you about hurting your feelings or being offended, I just did.
Hydrate. Relax. It’s all in good fun. I hope you laugh, and then move on.
I know you’re excited, so here are my Top 10 “things” that piss me off about #ecigs.
Your e-cigarette will NOT be referred to as an “Ends“. The “scientific” and “health” community likes to call them that. No. Because they’re idiots. They probably spent a million dollars in research to come up with that acronym because P.E.N.I.S. was taken.
Please do not refer to your device, gear, rig, setup or e-cigarette as “ENDS”, unless you’re referring to it this way: Yes, that is (pick any name – I call mine Martha)____, ___ “ends” my smoking.
If you’re a public health expert, just go here.
Journalists, I AM here to help.
Stop “describing an e-cig” to fill your word count. If you can’t figure out how to start an article without describing an e-cigarette for the first paragraph, adding in the children or other wibble quotes on the second, and repeating the same shit about the first two paragraphs for the remainder of the article, find another occupation.
Do some investigative work. You know, your job. If you’re a “journalist”, get your balls from your significant other, bring them to your keyboard and grab the world by the scruff of the neck.
Bring your nose closer to the screen and find some research and science to write about. Instead of trying to kiss ass and pretend you’re right, try, and I know this sounds scary – the truth.
Once that truth has slapped you upside your head, here’s a thought: Ask these people you quote what the health implications of deceiving the public will be. That should get you in to the big parties. Wear something nice.
(You too, Journalists)
Don’t refer to Stanton Glantz as a “scientist” or a Doctor.. He is neither. He wouldn’t know a beaker if he had one stuck up his ass.
He’s part of the reason smokers were freezing their ass off outside when they smoked.
He’s part of the Rotund Reaver Association.
He also needs to talk to the math department and take a class.
The other three goons- Capewell, Mckee and Chapman aren’t scientists, either.
#7. Smoking and OIL
People, your “e-juice” is not OIL. It is e-liquid. Happy juice if you must. It is not “oil”. I’ll accept e-juice, but cautiously. Only scientists, journalists and health “officials” can continue to say “oil” when referring to e-liquid.
Don’t say “oil”. It separates us from those who drag their knuckles on the way to “work” and us common folk.
Vaping isn’t smoking.
Unless you use a pipe shaped vaping device, don’t get me started on “e-pipe”.
#6. Battery Safety
If you’re going to continue to try to set yourselves ablaze, at least carry a bag of marshmallows with you at all times for your friends. For fucks sake. Stop trying to catch yourselves on fire.
If you DON’T want to stop yourselves from catching on fire and WANT to have your 15 minutes of fame – be productive and at least mention that you should’ve listened to CASAA’s advice to the news crews and the emergency crews who responded to your
stupid ass lack of knowledge.
#5. “Marketing” to children
I don’t see this as much as I used to, but if you make your
oil e-juice DAMMIT ~ e-liquid – with cartoons plastered all over the bottle or are using copyrighted material, or intellectual property, you have no intellect and your juice is probably shit. Then you could be sued, and someone will take your property for stealing theirs.
Stop doing that. Vaping has enough problems looking legitimate without your half-assed dirty
bath water. Oil. e-juice. Dammit. E-liquid! Irresponsible. It looks like you’re marketing to children whether you’re doing it or not. Change the label. Make your money. Be well.
PEOPLE, If it has cartoons on it, stop buying it.
#4. That’s Not Good Enough
I don’t CARE if you’re dual using or using a cig-a-like. I don’t CARE if you’re using a $400 mod or dripping or cloud blowing. Don’t dismiss anyone starting out, don’t dismiss or become a critic for the device someone else is using.
Everyone is different. They aren’t you. Some are not in the mood for your lecture – they already are on the same playing field using different equipment. They’ll “move up” if they like.
“You can smoke and vape. In fact, I encourage it. “Dual-use“.”
Some like the hassle-free convenience of cig-a-likes. Some like me, using an ego style battery and my little old CE4 – just want to not smoke. I’ve used an MVP, and I recently “inherited” an Istick 30 from my son. I like it, but carry my ego as well.
There’s a fine line between educating and berating. Kind of like this top 10 list.
Think of it this way: Imagine your Grandmother as SHE walked into a Vape Shop
Nicotine strength is next.
#3. Nicotine strength
First, vape shops. Stop limiting nicotine strength with your product line. Remember who your first time customer is. If you have 0-9-12 but a customer would have succeeded with 14+ you’ve lost a customer. Sure, you sold them that bigass mod they were intimidated with and may never try again, but you’re paying bills. Stop that. Also look back up at #4.
Let Grandma feel comfortable. Stop scaring people.
I know you’re living in a universe I left a few years ago, it’s nice to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there again. So, PEOPLE:
NICOTINE IS —>NOT ADDICTIVE<—
Stop saying that it is…
#SorryNotSorry I screamed at you.
#2. BE aware of the fight
If you are a vendor – are you a member of a trade organization?
If you are a consumer – are you a member of a consumer organization?
Is your shop a member of a trade organization? ASK THEM!
Links are all over this blog for those. No excuses.
Tell your friends. Tell your neighbors. Talk to your cat. Put a sign on your dog while you walk him. Talk to others walking their dogs. Everyone needs to know what the government is doing – or more appropriately, trying to keep us and others from having a choice.
#1. You’re not loud enough
Start knowing. If you don’t know, read. Ask questions. TALK to people. Be educated. If I don’t know something, I ask questions. Find valid sources for your questions about ANYTHING. Legislative, safety, ingredients, research, or other questions you have. Then get LOUDER.
Put up your dukes.
Don’t be shy.
Make some noise.
“Regulations should be based on evidence and the FDA doesn’t have the evidence to say that vaping is a harmful product.” ~ Congressman Tom Cole
The fight for ourselves is nowhere near the end. Educating EVERYONE from our local city government to the highest offices in the land is essential.
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