Earlier this year I invited comments about e-cigarettes, which I knew very little about. Within hours the responses (over 100) were rolling in. I was surprised, but I discovered that there is not only a thriving industry selling e-cigs but an active (and enthusiastic) "vaping" community.
What amazed me, though, was the remarkably heated debate, bordering on open warfare, that the subject provoked.
There seem to be three distinct groups. On one side are smokers who regard e-cigs as an abomination designed to wean them off tobacco. If anyone so much as touches an e-cig they are accused of "selling out" and succumbing to the Devil.
One the other side are ex-smokers who have become evangelists for vaping and consider their former fellow smokers to be stupid or dinosaurs or both.
In the middle (and my sympathies lie firmly with this group) are those for whom e-cigs offer a useful alternative in places where smoking tobacco is prohibited.
Anyway, I was prompted to mention the subject again after reading Dick Puddlecote's latest post which concludes:
My motive for taking up vaping isn't altruistic or self-preservatory, I don't intend to give up smoking (that vague notion evaporated on July 1st 2007). I just want to be firmly in the opposition trench when the righteous come gunning for vapers. Anti-smokers (or anything that looks like smoking) get their jollies from ordering people around, I derive mine from telling them to fuck off.
Full post HERE.