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“A little bit of politics!” was, for anyone old enough to remember, Ben Elton’s catchphrase on Friday Night Live. For a large number of people now a little bit of politics is a little bit too much – and so this will attempt to be as apolitical as it is possible to be.
As vapers (or however else you elect to term yourself) I’m sure that very few of us are unaware that legislation of some form or other is heading our way. The lengths to which it will impact upon us may vary due to how you vape, what you vape with, where and when. All that we can hope for is that the decisions made are based on sound science, fair and reasonable.
As an ex-primary teacher you get used to seeing fads come and go. One minute the playground is awash with marbles and games of tig, the next everyone is playing Call Of Duty and rifle butting their friends in the face with sticks. Things come into existence and vanish with the rapidity of atomic particles at CERN.
Some things remain constant. Tycho Brahe mapped out the movement of the stars and planets in ream upon ream of measurements (in-between his daytime job of sword-fighting to resolve mathematical disputes). Those measurements were honed by Johannes Kepler into three laws of planetary motion that hold as true today as they did in the 17th Century.
I’ve been vaping for around 18 months now and throughout that time fashions have come and gone. Currently, it seems that every mod being made in the Philippines is then produced in two different types of metal before being released in a black coating that has all the durability of butter in the sun.
I can still remember the feeling of dread washing over me the first time I dismantled an Evod with the intention of doing my first recoil and wick. I can still recall the fear of shorting the battery or flooding or dry hitting. The worry of not being able to do something I’d never attempted before, despite knowing what it was I was embarking on and that I had my Vamo still didn’t help.
I think sometimes we lose touch with that as we proceed through our vaping journey, reaching a level of comfort that stops us exploring further. Clearly some people are natural born tinkerers (a title for a story Quentin Tarrantino rejected) and relish this aspect, for others of us it remains a daunting task.
The Action on Smoking and Health charity (ASH UK) carry out annual reports, starting from 2010, examining the use of electronic cigarettes in the UK. From 2013 the survey was expanded to include children and teenagers. The most recent report was released last week, 24th April 2014.
The research was carried out using YouGov and the sample size was extrapolated to indicate the picture of national habits, opinions and behavioral trends. A total of 14,447 people were surveyed.
Danger lurks around every corner, you only need to glance at the news or pick up a tabloid newspaper. Even a glance at the official government statistics demonstrates that kitchens are veritable death traps. Vaping warnings may be on the wane given the latest pronouncement by ASH but that doesn't mean complacency can set in.
“Dear forum, can you please recommend the best juice/atty/mod for me.”
Single wick, dual coil, silica, mesh, flavour, sub-ohm vaping…as quick as everyone on a forum is talking about one aspect of vaping it suddenly switches to another focus like a tectonic plate suddenly shifting over another.
Take juices: one minute everyone is raving about the stuff from one supplier but give it a couple of weeks and suddenly you rarely hear about their wares as the hoard move on to discover the latest, greatest thing. This is simply an observation of online dynamics and not a criticism.
“What’s a hotspot not?”
Ahh, who doesn’t look back fondly remembering those times when Michael Barrymore was nothing more than a genial host, in front of a bank of television sets, asking obvious quiz questions to people who seemed to be out on day release?
“It’s not a good spot,” replied the audience. If any one knew where a good spot was in those days it was the British public because we were a generation raised on public information films.
We knew where not to fly a kite, we knew the dangers lurking in watery depths and we knew to be extra safe when crossing the road with Darth Vader. Public information films educated us all to know where our children were at night as they had taught us how to protect ourselves against an imminent cold war nuclear bomb.
"One’s too many, ten’s not enough!"
It’s a line from a Pop Will Eat Itself song that a mate of mine had as the signature to his emails for years. Given PWEI’s predilection for appropriating popular culture (as well as samples from other songs) into their songs it has always bothered me. I needed to know what it meant, I think I do now.
Up popped a picture today. I was sitting writing some nonsense and the computer made that noise computers do when they want your attention. Rob had clicked ‘like’ on a picture I’d edited from a picture he’d posted. I’d liked his picture too.
Those are moments when I love computers, an interaction with someone in a different part of the country. We shared a mutual moment in a cloud of data. We briefly connected. No harm done...and yet...I felt a movement in The Force.