No I did not. I had friends and family members (as I mentioned) that smoked both in front of me and away from me. I didn't really mind either way. I've never really been bothered by smoke in restaurants and bars.
Originally Posted by Penner
I pay for all of my "supplies" in cash. I'm actually in college right now, and she requires that I show her my debit card statement.
Originally Posted by SpyderBite
I'm 19, but thanks for trying. I haven't vaped in a couple weeks, and my body hasn't suffered. If I was addicted, I would be getting headaches by now and I'd be experiencing brutal withdrawals. I use it in a social setting, typically when I'm at a restaurant or lounge. And I never said that I wanted to be perfectly safe. I favor freedom over security if you haven't noticed.
Originally Posted by slojas
Moving this to zero nicotine vaping and quitting vaping. It's a subsection for those that haven't smoked but vape.
As both a mom and someone with a difficult (controlling) mom, I can see a lot of different layers here. I lost both my maternal grandparents to complications of emphysema, and yet, both she and I continued to smoke, all my siblings smoke, and my oldest son (23), much to my chagrin, still smokes. What changed everything for me was discovering that my 14 y/o was stealing and smoking my cigs. Now my mom and I are both vaping, and have never felt better- we expound on the benefits to everyone we know, we're a cult unto ourselves, and we've urged every smoker in the family to at least try it, but my 14 y/o is not allowed to vape.
As a mom, I don't want him to end up like my grandparents, or to have to watch me or his own grandparents, die painfully and horribly. But as diffinitively awful as cancer or emphysema would be, those are not the only negatives involved here. Nicotine is still addictive, just as caffeine is, and habitual use of it will lead to a physical addiction that will a) control your life and b)waste a considerable ammount of time and money that probably could be spent on better things. If I discovered my 14 y/o vaping, as much as I love it myself, I would not permit it, no more than I'd allow him to use energy drinks or caffeine pills regularly. Is this hypocritical? Sure it is, but so? He's my kid, I have the right to want a better life for him than anyone else on the planet including myself, and a life free of addictions is a better life. If that makes me a hypocrite, fine, I'll take it.
So it's weird. I want my 23 y/o to start vaping, because he is currently addicted to smoking, but I won't let my 14 y/o vape, because he isn't addicted to nicotine yet and I don't want him picking up a new habit that could negatively effect him just so he can look "cool", even if it is less harmful than smoking overall.
Since you've never smoked, if I were your mom, I think I'd be nagging you to quit vaping before it becomes a habit, because I know from experience that habits can become incredibly hard to break, and even if it seems cool to you now, you may feel very differently about it later when it's too late to just walk away. Unfortunately, I also know that it is usually quite difficult to learn from someone else's life experience, and you may just have to figure it out for yourself, like most people.
At any rate, you're 19, and she can't stop you. What you may want to remember, though, is that she isn't trying to make you uncool- she's trying to keep you healthy, which is, after all, every mom's mission in life. It's her job. Even if you think she's wrong or too controlling, at least try to recognize that it comes from a place of love, and a sense of duty to you.
Last edited by ohai; 06-02-2012 at 09:06 AM.