When Winter Hits: Why Smokers are Turning to Vaping During the Winter Season

The sleet, the snow, the cold and the never-ending gray tableau of winter can be enough to send anyone scurrying back inside, unless you’re a smoker. When that craving hits, you’ll be forced out into the snow to find a little corner to grab few quick puffs before getting back to the warmth inside.

But what if you didn’t need to head outside to curtail that craving?

Vaping can provide relief from the craving to smoke without exposing those around you to unpleasant cigarette smoke. Best of all? Vaping has not been hit with the indoor bans that cigarettes have.

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So what is vaping?

Vaping, or vaporizing, uses an electric device called a vaporizer that turns the material within it into vapour. A vaporizer usually consists of a battery, a main console, the cartridges, and an atomizer. The battery provides power to the heating element in the atomizer, which in turn heats the vaping material and transforms it into vapor that can be easily inhaled.

Most people that vape use e-liquid, or e-juice. This fluid provides the nicotine solution to soothe cravings and also includes a variety of agreeable flavors to make the experience more enjoyable. The liquids can also be used to help quit smoking. As time goes on, you can decrease the amount of nicotine in the liquid from 24mg of nicotine, down to 6mg, down to nothing.

You can also use dry herbs to vape with and a waxy concentrate that usually consists of cannabis oil. This type of vaping is still illegal in many areas and should not be confused for vaping used to curb nicotine cravings.

There are many exclusive vape guides provided by companies online to help you get a better understanding of vaping and how to start doing it.

Rules concerning vaping indoors

Across the USA, the rules around vaping indoors vary widely. Vaping is not something that is regulated across the United States, which means that state and regional governments can make their own decisions concerning the use and permission of vaping.

Some states, such as California and Maine, have banned outright the use of vaping indoors, but most states are much more lenient or permit localities to decide for themselves if they want to permit vaping indoors.

Why the concern with indoor vaping?

As of October 2017, there were 11 states that had banned indoor vaping over concerns of e-cigarettes safety. The World Health Organization called for a ban on indoor vaping over exposure to “potentially toxic metal nanoparticles”, but this ban fails to address the overwhelming benefits that smokers have seen from moving to vaping to help them quit cigarettes altogether.

In contrast to the World Health Organization, the association Public Health England announced that they believed e-cigarettes to be 95% less harmful than tobacco, even though this was a highly controversial stance.

Wherever the science sits, the fact that vaping helps smokers kick their addition is indisputable.

Can you still ‘vape anywhere’, like the commercials say?

While “vaping anywhere” may not be the case across the board, there are still many bars and restaurants that permit vaping inside. Many bars and restaurants find vaping to be inoffensive since it produces no scent.

You can also turn down the amount of vapor the vape pen produces to make it even less noticeable.

To find out where you can vape indoors, see if your state falls under the “no ban” or “optional ban” category and then call ahead to see what the proprietor says.


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