A New Sub Culture: California Vaping
In this developing world of technology, it only makes sense that we would create some way to get a nicotine buzz similar to the ones from cigarettes, without all the harmful chemicals and tar that comes with it. So, what is this new trend that has emerged now that cigarettes, or “analogs” as this new subculture calls them, are no longer considered cool? This fad, commonly called vaping, has become increasingly popular over the last few years. Vaping began with electronic cigarettes, which were originally intended to help people quit smoking, and from there has grown into a popular pastime.
In California alone, there are nearly 2,000 vape shops that have opened for business. These vape shops have a wide array of atmospheres suitable to the needs of anyone. They are selling everything from e-cigs, to vape pens, to nicotine levels of juice. There are hundreds of different flavors of vape juice being produced, and that number is still on the rise. People are making flavors based of popular fruits, cereals, even dessert foods. Not only has this trend created inhalable flavors, but an entirely new collection of terminology and slang has emerged surrounding the products as well.
Vaping is such a new trend and because of that, the long-term health effects have yet to be explored. It is impossible to tell in such early stages whether or not vaping can lead to any cancers or other harmful diseases. Some scientists have suggested precautions be taken early on in order to avoid long term negative effects.
Despite all the possible health effects of vaping however, they continue to be a healthier alternative to smoking. This fact alone is what many people use to argue in favor of vaping. While there still are potentially negative health effects involved with vape, the majority of these effects don’t pose any threat to anyone other than the user. The vape clouds are not harmful, unlike second hand smoke from cigarettes. E-cigs also aren’t putting as many harmful chemicals or tar into your lungs.
Many people who have spent years of their lives smoking are turning to e-cigarettes and other vaping products in order to quit smoking. Because the health effects aren’t as severe, people will start vaping and use higher concentrations of nicotine in their juice and then slowly wean themselves off until they are no longer dependent on the drug. There are hundreds of success stories of people who wanted to quit but never did until vaping was introduced.
Vaping is continuing to grow in popularity, and this trend, which has taken off at an extreme rate in California, is beginning to spread all over. The use of e-cigs and other vape products will continue to increase despite the many restrictions that surround them, and the vaping subculture will likewise continue to spread.