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Are Big Clouds of Ecig Vapor a Bad Thing for E-Cigarette Users?

By Tyler McCanus

Monday April 28, 2014
Cloud chasers and vaping competitions are hot in e-cig culture
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We love ecig vapor as much as anyone, but can those big plumes be giving e-cigs a bad name? If you follow this space, you know we have covered much of the e-cig ban that’s been trending over the past 6 months.

Even though we think ecig vapor is a beautiful sight to see, we can understand the negative aspects of the image that “cloud chasers” are can create in the public eye.

A public that has seen the idea of an e-cig ban become more commonplace. Cloud chasers is a term within the e-cigarette community for those who make a hobby of creating a big “cloud” of vapor from their e-cig or modified e-cig (“mod” for short).

Those big clouds of vapor look very cool, but there has even been some backlash from e-cigarette users themselves.

A recent Newsweek article focused on the growing frustration toward cloud chasers and brought to light an aspect of electronic cigarette use that hasn’t been talked about much, if at all. We are just so used to adoring ecig vapor because of its transformative power, that it was definitely a perspective switch to look at that vapor as possibly a bad thing.

That idea isn’t completely new to us as we recently covered the invisi-vapor launch by White Cloud and realize that discreet is the way to go for some e-cig users, e-cig ban or not. Still, the commentary about cloud chasers did make us think about ecig vapor and its place in society even more.

cloud chaser ecig user creates a massive vapor cloud with his electronic cigaretteMore specifically, we had to sympathize with Spike Babaian, the founder of National Vapers Club, who was quoted in the Newsweek article about cloud chasers as saying

“It’s frustrating for the advocates who are trying to stop a ban when 20-year-old kids are blowing these giant clouds and are like, ‘Look at me, I’m so cool.’ ”

Yea, you do have a good point there Spike.

While here at ECCR we are all for the freedom we think e-cig users should have to vape wherever they want, these days the overall movement has to consider what is best in the short term as the public forms an idea of what e-cigs are and what ecig vapor is.

If the first thing that pops into their minds is a huge and scary cloud of vapor that that they have to be around or walk through… well, that really isn’t a good for any of us.

In that same article, a cloud chaser named Gregory Kitchens made the point that “Just like mechanics love working on cars and musicians love picking up a guitar, it’s just something that I love to do.”Again, even though we think all e-cigarette users should enjoy their instrument of choice and method of vaping they prefer, its not like you are going to find a ton of guitarists playing anywhere they want, regardless of who is around.

That isn’t even the right situation to equate it to, maybe playing an electric guitar next to someone sitting at a bus stop is a more accurate way to put it lol. Some people won’t mind the music and some people will even think its cool, but not everyone will feel comfortable around that blaring electric guitar solo. Get my point?

Picking and choosing where and how to vape can be a common courtesy that puts a positive spin on the e-cigarette movement in a time when there is a lot of misinformation and, unfortunately, some negative press. Heck, a recent study even found that ecig vapor is NOT annoying to most Americans, something I think most of us e-cigarette users felt was true anyway, but didn’t have the numbers to back it up. Lets keep that sort of image the norm because it can be a key way to fight the ever-present threat of an e-cig ban.

If most Americans understand and are not scared or annoyed by ecig vapor, we stand a better chance in gaining more acceptance as well as allies in our fight for e-cig freedoms. Like a lot of things in life, it all starts with respect. Just be smart about where and how you vape, and take into account others and how they feel. It’s not called backing down; it’s called being a good neighbor.

What do you think about cloud chasing? Do they give e-cig users a bad name or is that an overreaction?

Tyler,
Team ECCR

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