Vaping. It is the trend that has swept over the planet in full force. No matter how people try to push back against it, people continually invest in their vapes. It seems like only yesterday vaping had just emerged, riddled with cautious voices crying out against it and people saying it would never catch on. But those voices are now being drowned out and the nay-sayers are quiet. Vaping is here and it is here to stay.
But how does vaping go from being a simple smokers alternative, designed to help people quit, to being one of the biggest industries on the planet. Alongside it also being one of the biggest fashion trends of the 21st century. Today we are going to do a deep dive on vaping, examining its early years and looking at its eventual rise into fashion icon history.
Vaping was born out of the ever raging battle against smoking addiction. Smoking is one of the biggest killers on the planet. With proven studies showing its clear links to a number of heart and lung diseases. And, of course, the correlation between smoking and cancer is undeniable.
And yet, despite millions dying from smoking-related illnesses every year, smoking remains legal. This is due to the big tobacco companies having enough money to lobby for laws to stay the way they are. But this battle is where vaping comes from.
Starting out as E-cigarettes designed to give a nicotine hit to the user to help them ween off of cigarettes. Here is something you may not know, the nicotine in cigarettes is addictive but it isn’t actually the worst part of smoking. It is all the dangerous chemicals inside the cigarettes, mixed with the act of inhaling smoke, that causes the most damage. Nicotine still has a number of mental effects that make it horribly dangerous.
So E-cigarettes were a cheaper, safer alternative to smoking. But the issue was this early tech was cumbersome, ugly, and unresponsive. So it went largely ignored for a long time. Until we finally got the first proper Vaporiser.
Vaporizer technology was nothing new. Used in a lot of fields from the sciences to medicine and everything in between. But when Vape companies finally released the first batches of flavored vape juice, combined with nicotine, all bets were off. Early adopters flocked and began vaping everywhere they could, leading to a lot of memes and jokes about people who vape.
But eventually, the trend picked up. In relation to its impact on smoking, it did help a lot of people quit. Being able to slowly ween themselves down on their nicotine intake was a valuable tool. But for some people, it was a doubled edge sword. Their nicotine intake now doubled as they could vape inside and smoke outside.
And technology only improved. Soon people were making their own vape juices, exploring exotic flavors. People were getting custom vapes and vape accessories. People began vaping with delta 8 thc and various cbd oils as well. Vaping was seeping into a lot of cultural areas.
One day vaping finally hit America in a huge way. Juul pods started surfacing, mini vapes that could be easily concealed, and the lovely flavors associated with vaping made it very enticing for the younger crowd. And then came TikTok.
A wave of influencers would parade themselves around, flashing their vapes for the world to see. And their audience lapped it up and, wanting to be just like their idols, millions began vaping. Suddenly it wasn’t just smokers that were vaping. People were buying non-nicotine based vapes and simply vaping for the flavors. It had become an area all its own.
Soon many fashion icons, aside from the TikTokers, started vaping proudly in public too. Further pushing that vapes were now as much a fashion icon as they were a tool to combat smoking. With companies creating new and exotic flavors every year and the vaping community growing by the day, it seems vaping is here to stay. We have even seen vaping conventions popping up, where people go to compete in blowing smoke, discuss and trade and just be with other vape enthusiasts.
A Dangerous Trend
It would be negligent to look at all this and see it as just a positive. In fact, we would go as far as to say that this may be one of the more dangerous trends to appear lately.
Medically speaking there is little evidence that vaping non-nicotine vape liquid has any negative health effects. Some hospitals have claimed that odd-viscous liquid has been shown to form in the lungs because of it, but these claims are anomalous.
The big danger has come from the influx of young people now vaping. But you might be thinking, where is the danger if the juice is nicotine free.
Smoking addiction is more than just nicotine. It is the lifestyle attached to it. Any smoker will tell you the social aspect of it is what kept them smoking for so long. Vaping could be seen as a gateway to smoking. Or a way to easily get nicotine introduced into their lifestyle. Not to mention vaping is an addictive activity in and of itself. To have so many teenagers now addicted to this lifestyle is not encouraging at all.
But we might be worrying needlessly. What do you think about it all? A welcome fashion trend, or a dangerous sign of the times?