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Heard of Vaping? It might be banned before you need to find out

May 2, 2014

The other day I was doing a little sketching in my old Plateau neighborhood. There’s a little storefront on my ex-block that seems to change hands faster than a bitcoin key. It’s been a lot of things, mostly fashion related – but recently it’s changed over to a Vape shop.

You may not have heard of Vaping yet? – it’s basically using a cute electronic gadget to vaporize the chemical laced payload in a (refillable?) cartridge, then inhaling these mysterious fumes (ok, water vapor) in order to get the flavor, and possibly a nicotine buzz.

But, I feel bad for this little Vape shop in its cursed retail location – because I’ve already been reading about legal bans on e-cigs in New York, and the possibility of the same restrictions coming to Montreal.


[The magic E-Liquid, E-Cigs and my favorite, the E-Pipe. As Magritte says “Ceci n’est pas une pipe]

Proponents are saying their pocket hookas are a huge boon to the light headed inhalers among us – saving us from the serious health consequences of traditional coffin nails. Advocates say it’s ‘common sense’ that inhaling pure water and nicotine has to be safer than burning pesticides and tobacco right? I mean, who knows what’s lurking in that loamy Virginia soil. So it’s win-win all around, and pure reactionary buzzkill to be talking about bans.

The problem with this cigarette alternative comes in here: the contents of the vaporizing ‘juice’ is completely unregulated at this time. We don’t know what’s in it, or where it comes from, or how consistently it’s manufactured. So it seems impossible to know if in fact it’s safer than the old fashioned match-to-paper cancer sticks. Do you want to be inhaling fumes cooked up by an entrepreneur jumping onto a new stimulant market, trying to cash in before FDA regulations can catch up?

Personally, I can wait and see what happens. I’m getting all the carcinogens I need from licking points on my brushes. And apparently, all the buzz as well.


10 Comments leave one →
  1. Lindy permalink
    May 2, 2014 1:29 PM

    You certainly can make anything look good! Are those watercolors???

  2. May 2, 2014 1:59 PM

    Fountain pen, watercolor and photoshop – I use some layer effects in there :)

  3. May 2, 2014 5:09 PM

    Love the artwork too. I gave up smoking years ago but I do occasionally love a Rum & Wine Colt cigarillo. I don’t think the vaporizers are a good idea as, like you stated, there could be anything lurking in them there vapours.

  4. May 2, 2014 5:46 PM

    It was so hard for me to quit smoking… I have a POWERFUL addiction to Nicotine similar to alcoholics who can never drink even one drink, no way I could take a whiff of nicotine in any form.
    I have been nicotine free for almost 10 years now… and I still dream about smoking… that is how powerful nicotine addiction can be.

  5. May 3, 2014 12:47 AM

    Be careful licking your brushes. Van Gogh had a habit of licking his brushes and eating his paint.
    I really enjoy your blog, it gives me the courage to sketch things I never thought I could. For this I thank you….. barbara b

  6. Suzanne permalink
    May 3, 2014 7:30 AM

    The last sentence is perfect! <3

  7. May 6, 2014 11:31 AM

    Yucky clay soil. Virginia has yucky clay soil. Maybe that’s addicting too? Thank goodness there’s nothing illegal about licking pen points.

  8. Carlos permalink
    May 6, 2014 6:40 PM

    Lovely sketch!

    You are the one who has encourage me to take sketching seriously… (I think I already told you that :) )

    This one is a good example of a simple subject with a great final render in watercolour!
    (I am starting to understand that I HAVE to draw well if I want to take such an elegant final composition on my drawings/sketching

    See you

  9. Francisco Garcia permalink
    July 30, 2014 11:01 PM

    I have been off ciggarettes for 5 months , and must say, I enjoy my vaping. I make my own E- juice so I know exactly why it is in it. And no, there is no water, but that’s a natural assumption considering we are talking about vapour. As to who is actually making claims that vaping may be bad for you, you only need to look at what industry has the most to lose with the gain in popularity of vaping. I can honestly say it’s good to be able to run again without losing my breath after 30 seconds. Too many people kicking 20-30 year smoking addictions for vaping to be banned anytime soon.

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