While a section of vapers have been seeking out bigger clouds and more flavourful vapes, an insidious and dangerous product has crept into the world of sub-ohm vaping: it goes by the name of the snapback hat.
â€œI was trying to be a cooler vaper. I tried adding an over-sized hoodie to my vaping, and even experimented with different types of shoes but they werenâ€™t me. Then I settled on the hat. I left the sticker on like all the hip kids and reckoned I looked the bits, but my wife has informed me I resemble a fat 15-yr old white boy who thinks he lives in Downtown LA,â€ confessed Twitter vape celebrity Bobby Freshwaterdolphin.
But the problem goes beyond the danger of fashion suicide. Bob Jobsworth of Crawley Trading Standards explained: â€œSeventeen children have been injured so far this year as peaks of snapback hats caught them in the eye. Three individuals have presented at A&E with blood blisters resulting from firm adjuster straps â€“ who is taking responsibility for this?â€
Who indeed? No one according to leading market research pollsters EUgov.con. But Jobsworth demands questions should be posed: â€œThere are no warnings, no instructions or safety courses for these things and research shows thereâ€™s at least two hundred of them out there. This is a ticking bomb just waiting to go off.â€
It can only be a matter of time before the media launch a mass of ecig/snapback stories to further tarnish the cause of harm reduction. Tales such as the serious injuries sustained by Bert Handkerchief who, while completing a run of all the pubâ€™s white spirit optics, placed his MCV Tiger Panzer mod on the bar and ate his cap after his mates told him: â€œit would be a laugh.â€
â€œObviously, this isnâ€™t an issue for owners of products made by the big brands, it is only a concern for those hats manufactured in China,â€ added Jobsworth. â€œOur advice for snapback hat users everywhere is to look at the label in the first instance; if thereâ€™s any indication it was made in the Far East we suggest calling you local Trading Standards officer and asking them to safely dispose of it.â€
We called the Trading Standards office in Thurrock to discover if this danger was recognised elsewhere. They confirmed that an emergency response agency has been set up and all snapback-related calls would be prioritised. If you know of anybody needing urgent assistance please make sure that the hat is placed into a sealed container in the first instance prior to calling for help.