Vaping has been growing as a trend over the past few years. Vaping attracts all types of users from former and current smokers, to newbies, to hobbyists, all looking to enjoy the fun flavor and relaxation that vaping provides.
So why the vaping craze? The answer to this question is not cut and dry since the vaping community is extremely diverse in both its social makeup and in people’s reasons for vaping. So what are some of the most popular reasons why users are taking up vaping? It is important to start by understanding exactly what type of person decides to enter the vaping world.
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There are many stereotypes that surround the vaping community, but the truth is that a vaper is simply someone who vapes. Vapers come in all shapes and sizes, from all backgrounds, ethnic cultures, sexual orientations, and religious affiliations across the globe. This is what can make the vaping community seem so intriguing to many of those new to the world of vaping. The culture accepts all types of people who wish to get together over their shared experience of vaping. From newbies to extreme hobbyists to aficionados, you will find all types of vapers to relate to, making it a welcoming and diverse community to join. That being said a large portion of the vaping community comprises of former or current smokers.
One of the most widely known and popular reasons for vaping is as a way to transition away from smoking cigarettes or find a substitute that will cut the harmful chemicals that cigarettes contain. Vaping can reduce the amount of toxins that are inhaled directly into the body and also reduce the number of toxins that are released in the air to those around you. The carbon monoxide from second-hand smoke is considered extremely dangerous to those exposed to it, especially young children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems or respiratory problems.
Vaping also allows those who are looking for a way to quit smoking to ween themselves off nicotine while still enjoy the relaxation that the act of smoking provides. Unlike nicotine patches and gum, you still have the action of inhaling and exhaling. This is one of the more relaxing and enjoyable parts of smoking, including the familiar throat hit. You can choose vape juice that contains varying levels of nicotine without the hazardous tar that is found in cigarettes. These levels are designed to be easily reduced until you choose vape juice with zero percent nicotine.
The irony behind cigarette smoking is the fact that many smokers believe that smoking calms them down. In fact, smoking has been known to increase anxiousness and anxiety. Many smokers will experience symptoms of anxiety, such as panic attacks, though they often do not correlate these effects with smoking. Pack-a-day smokers are over ten times more likely to suffer panic attacks and five times more likely to suffer from an anxiety disorder.
Luckily, those who switch from smoking to e-cigarettes will often see reduced signs and symptoms of anxiety and panic disorder, with the same action of inhaling and exhaling that they enjoyed when smoking cigarettes. Though the exact reason that nicotine causes anxiety when vaping is not completely understood, many of the theories relate panic and anxiety disorders to the carbon monoxide and other toxic chemicals contained in cigarettes that are not contained in vape juice. These types of chemicals have been linked to respiratory disorders such as shortness of breath, which can lead to panic attacks.
Nicotine is also related to anxiety and depression in multiple ways. Too much nicotine can restrict airflow and also impede sleep. Sleep deprivation itself has been linked to stress, anxiety, and even shortness of breath. With vaping, even if you are using vape juice that contains nicotine, you will be able to control the amount you take and lower it as needed.
It may come as no surprise that many people start vaping as a way to relax. Not only does the act of inhaling and exhaling relax the body, but many people find the specific vape flavors to have a calming effect. Many vape flavors contain soothing components such as menthol and vanilla.
Vaporizers have long been used as a treatment for asthma due to the fact that they release warm moisture into the air which can help relieve sinus congestion and open up airways. This warm air will help to break down the buildup of mucus in your lungs, allowing air to get through more easily and reduce coughing from congestion. Handheld vaporizers have also been used in asthma treatment for their ability to get warm air directly into the lungs more rapidly.
A vape pen or device works very similarly to a handheld vaporizer as it heats the air that is inhaled along with added ingredients. Many people with asthma report positive effects on their asthma symptoms from using a vaping device. Former smokers have also noted positive benefits when they switch from smoking cigarettes to vaping. Such benefits include the reduced use of rescue asthma medications, lowered incidents of wheezing, and reduced respiratory complications. Many have noted that there is a period of adjustment when switching from smoking to vaping where they may notice an increase in symptoms before they start to see an improvement.
Large-scale scientific studies have yet to prove the validity of the cause and effect between vaping and improved asthma symptoms. However, small-scale studies have shown that former smokers who have switched to vaping completely, or used it to significantly reduce the amount of cigarettes they smoke, have shown some improvement in their asthma symptoms after monitoring them for six months. During these studies, no one reported any major asthma complications and the only reported side effects were dry mouth and mild irritation of the throat. Overall, vaping is considered to be well-tolerated by those who have asthma.
Some people choose to take a more competitive route when it comes to vaping, creating customized mods to be able to maximize their vape clouds. Cloud chasing has actually become a competitive sport that is continuing to gain popularity among vaping hobbyists. These hobbyists will pair high-powered vape mods with lower resistance coils and special vape juice that, when combined, can produce the biggest and thickest plumes of vapor.
With continuing advancement in modifications and the ability for hobbyists to customize their builds and devices, they can continue to find ways to increase vapor thickness and output.
Another popular reason that many newcomers are drawn to the world of vaping is the social aspect of it. The cultural phenomenon has grown to the point where you can even sport t-shirts, hats, and posters with the stylish logo of your favorite vape brands.
The social aspect of vaping has increased dramatically with special vape bars and vape shops where enthusiasts and newcomers alike can gather to vape together, share their collections and creations, and provide their own first-hand reviews of popular vape juice flavors. There are also growing online communities where vapers can share information, discuss experiences, and learn tips and tricks. These online vape communities draw visitors from all across the globe, making vaping a truly multi-cultural experience.
Many vapers will get their start because they are attracted to this vaping community, where vapers of all skill levels and social circles are welcome. Vaping is relatively easy to get started with, and most communities and clubs are welcoming to newcomers, provide a relaxing and stimulating social environment.
Vaping itself can be considered a hobby. As with any hobby, you can collect, modify, and create, making it an attractive option for those who wish to combine their skills with enjoyment. Some hobbyists enjoy learning all they can about the various devices, how they work, and how they can achieve a variety of results. Others enjoy sampling different flavors to find the perfect combination of taste and enjoyment they are looking for.
Some hobbyists enjoy the collection aspect of being a vaping hobbyist and accumulating different types of vape devices and components. Another type of hobbyist that vaping can appeal to are those who are mechanically inclined. When you choose to customize mods and devices, you can try out your skills at creating different builds and designs. With so many available options, the possibilities are endless.
Hobbyists often become gurus in the vaping communities with newbies, intermediate users, and even advanced looking to them for advice.
With health concerns over second-hand cigarette smoke being focused on in social settings, vaping is becoming a more socially acceptable alternative to smoking that causes fewer problems and is less of a bother to those around you. Smokers who feel the stigma of public smoking sometimes turn to vaping as an alternative to smoking without fear of judgment. While vaping is prohibited in some areas, it is a lot more accepted in outdoor public settings than cigarette smoking.
Many smokers will switch to vaping because they prefer different flavor varieties over the taste of traditional cigarettes. Cigarettes come in very limited flavors, and often smokers don’t particularly enjoy the taste, just the feeling that smoking provides. Vape juice comes in a wide range of types and flavors as well as varying levels of nicotine.
This variety allows smokers to get the added pleasure of customized flavors and also allows them to control their nicotine intake without having to reduce the number of puffs that they take. This ability to reduce the amount of nicotine that you take into your body can be great for smokers trying to quit cigarettes. They can slowly ween themselves off nicotine, or use a vape juice with a higher nicotine concentration so that they feel satisfied without having to vape more.
Even if you aren’t a smoker, the wide range of flavors can appeal to you enough to entice you to try vaping. For those with a discerning palate, you can enjoy flavors that are unique and hit on several notes.
Because of the nature of vaping, it is not only easy to control the amount of nicotine you take in, and as a result reduce the amount of smoking you do. To get a proper drag from your vape device will require priming which forces the vapor to pause between taking hits, reducing the habit of chain smoking. Also, the full flavor of the vapor can provide a much more satisfying hit, which can linger on the palate, allowing you to take fewer drags in a shorter period of time.
You also have the convenience of being able to take one or two hits to be able to satisfy cravings quickly without having to take the time that you would need to finish a full cigarette or end up taking a few drags and wasting half your cigarette.
While vaping can be an investment to get started, many vapors will actually end up saving more than they would if they continued to smoke cigarettes. Once the initial investment is made for your vape device, maintaining the habit is easy and a lot less costly than continuing to purchase cigarettes. You can get started vaping for a relatively low investment. Vapers who have used vaping to quit smoking may also save money on healthcare costs related to the effects of smoking.
No matter why you choose to vape, as vaping continues to grow in popularity, you can find the vape device, vape juice options, accessories, and social setting to provide you with an amazing vaping experience. Vaping is great for current and former smokers to switch to a better alternative, or completely reduce their dependence on nicotine. More generally, vaping is a great way for people to make new friends through a shared hobby and experience.
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