My first bad vaping experience
So less than an hour ago I was at a sheetz (chain gas station/convenience store around here that makes made-to-order food) waiting for my sub to be finished, and it was taking an unusually long time. Well, let's just say I got bored and decided to stealth vape, more than 10 feet from other customers, discreetly palming my volcano while I waited. Well, I ran into an old friend from high school and started talking to her and forgot to maintain stealth mode for less than 30 seconds (two drags I'd guess). I let out a glorious cloud of vapor and a guy walking by said "Are you really doing that in the store?"
My reply was simply (and i was quite polite) "It's electronic, sir. There's no smoke, or smell, what you saw was vapor." He shrugged it off, shook his head and looked irritated.
Now, being that I am starting my own business to retail these products, I am very very interested in public opinion. I was walking past him while he was waiting as I left and I said "Sir, if you don't mind I'm curious as to why you still found it offensive once you knew it wasn't harming or bothering anybody." He said that it didn't matter, and once I very briefly explained that I wished to not offend anyone else with it, he did this cute little waving motion with his hand to shoo me away. He then said something like "We're done talking." I kept my cool but I still said pretty loudly "You really should not be so close-minded about technology that saves peoples' lives." Most of the other customers were really intrigued and their reactions told me they were "on my side."
My roommate thinks he was having a bad day and once he couldn't put his finger in some one's nose he just got defensive. My roommate also can't find any reason what I was doing would be offensive unless he was just so stuck on the fact that it was a cigarette.
Thoughts? I love to hear feedback. I dread another run-in like that. I've explained to 200+ people in Winchester how e-cigs work and have had nothing but praise for quitting smoking and comments about how e-cigs are genius. This was the first (and I pray LAST) bad experience.
You will have many more bad experiences. If it looks like smoke; it is smoke. That seems to be the mantra of the uninitiated. You do your best to explain the process and concept and let it be. Our individual efforts are virtually lifeless against the firepower the FDA, ASH, ACS and other groups can muster with the media. Vapers are a small portion of society, yet big tobacco has taken notice. I tend to stay under the radar with my vaping and suppliement with other nicotine dosing strategies when I feel it is a better choice.
I do too.. No need to raise alarm. I don't blame anyone else if they want to do it in a store but be prepared for the consequences. Vapor = Smoke in any non smokers eyes. Until there is more public awareness this persons reaction is probably pretty typical.
Originally Posted by breakfastchef
I accidntly vaped in a store once and got soundly scolded. I told the girl it was a personal vaporizer and that was the end of it. . Another time I did it and said it was an electronic cigarette. That woman nearly went ballistic on me.
Yup, this is what that person heard, CIGARETTE. Too bad they named this e-cigarette, very poor choice
Originally Posted by stormynights
Not entirely on topic, but about 10 years ago I was a merchandiser for a tobacco company. That meant I assured the stock quality, issued buy downs and set up the POP advertising in a number of stores. I was going about my business one day and was approached by an irate man who then loudly proclaimed that I was a murderer. I was appalled! I was a mom trying to support 3 children..nothing more. It was scary and uncalled for.
First thing is until it is proven that there is no second hand damage to our vaping you might see how some people that do not smoke may feel about it and not want it done near them. You have to remember that they know nothing. Im not suggesting that we hide them , just dont use themi in enclosed spaces where there are other people that might and will object.
We need some evidence on our side as to what the vapor contains..
I think he couldn't figure out how to argue with you because he didn't have enough information about it .. some people just want to argue even if they know there wrong.
i tend to use the term "vaporizer" rather than "cigarette", it helps ALOT
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