Today, as I look over my Facebook, I see story after story about the state of vaping. Articles for and against it. Articles stating the benefits of these products and articles detailing the negative. I find myself glossing over this information as I am sure many vapers do and go on to look for a funny video or picture.
But then I stop and ask myself, “Is this information important?” “Should I take a moment and read this article or study?” “Why is this important?”
The answer is “yes!” As a vaper, I should be informed about what is going on in my community and know what the current state of affairs is. The more informed you are as a vaper, the more you can educate others. Advocacy is educating others and every vaper should be an advocate on this level.
We all know the saying, “it’s not smoke, its vapor!” it’s the rallying cry of the industry as we strive to remove ourselves from the ills of combustible tobacco. But what does that really mean? Over the past few years, there have been numerous studies done on what is in the vapor. When we educate others, we have the chance to change an opinion, sometimes a negative one. We are able to start that conversation and answer questions by the curious.
What can I do? Advocacy doesn’t start with writing your legislator or completing a “Call to Action.” Advocacy starts on the street with the bystander asking, “What is that?” Advocacy is educating others about these products and dispelling negative reactions and information. Advocacy is about educating yourself so you can spread the word and educate others.
What is happening in the political world may seem huge and we, as individual vapers, may seem so small. “What can I do about it? I’m just one person! How can I make a difference?” Here’s how… Tell someone and then that person will tell someone else and it starts. Advocacy starts with a conversation, don’t shy away from the chance.