What do you call the people you see vaping? If you aren’t familiar with the practice, you might label them “e-smokers”. This is really an inaccurate designation, because vaping is far removed from smoking.
The confusion has come about because of the way that vapers have evolved. In the beginning there were disposable and real basic electronic cigarettes. They were a way for smokers to "smoke" without the necessity of an actual burning cigarette. While not smoking, the fact that these were called e-cigarettes led people to call the people using them “e-smokers.”
Vaping has evolved quite a bit from those meager beginnings. Today many people vape. In fact, some vapers have never smoked at all. The difference between the two habits is night and day. Unfortunately, the use of the term e-smokers has led to a discouraging social view of vapers. Calling them by what they are could help change the way vapers are viewed by society.
Smoke and vapor are 100% different!
Smokers use cigarettes or cigars, which release toxins in the air and into the person's body, and SMOKE. While the contents of different e-liquids vary, none hold the identical chemicals as cigarettes. It is also important to note that none of these chemicals are released into the air by vaping. Only VAPOR is released.
Vaping is also superior to smoking because it doesn’t have the harsh consequences that smoking has for the user. Vaping will not tear up your throat or make it hard to breathe. In the beginning though, you might experience coughing, but that is because your lungs are getting rid of the tar that was built up as your lungs get adjusted to the vapor. Thus far, the effects of vaping have been inconclusive, and there have been no connections to cancer.
When you know the facts, it is easy to see that vapers aren’t anything like smokers, and shouldn’t be referred to as such. Calling vapers “e-smokers” puts a negative light on what they do. Vaping is most certainly not smoking. It is imperative that you call them “vapers”, so that society can get better knowledge for how it isn’t the same as smoking. With enough awareness, perhaps vaping can become socially acceptable.