Quitting smoking sucks. We all know it, we've all experienced it and no matter who you are, it just sucks.
But with support from Stoptober and The Vape Co, you can make it!
At the London Vape Co, we like to follow our customers progress, to ensure they find quitting as easy and pain free as possible.
Our Quitters series lets you tell us about your journey, from the highs, to the lows, and everything in between.
This week, we were lucky enough to hear Peter's story, which is one which many smokers can relate to!
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Vaping is an industry that has become more and more invisible to the public, thanks to increasing pressure from a host of outlets, restricting our ability to communicate with our customers.
It has recently been announced that both Instagram and Facebook will be hiding vaping related posts, and while this may not sound like much, it will have a significant impact on our business.
Cigarettes and lungs don’t exactly have the healthiest of relationships, and the same applies to the Tobacco industry and the British Lung Foundation.
When it comes to vaping, that relationship gets…complicated. Over the years both sides have been butting heads regarding legislation, research and much, much more.
But things are changing.
‘Do you still have the dreams?’
Dr Seldvig’s question fell on deaf ears, as his young patient sat quietly across from him, eyes fixated on the hard-wood floor. The doctor let the question hang momentarily, like the choking dust covering every section of the room, but was yet met with silence. He decided to take a different path.
‘What about the words, William?’ Seldvig pressed, ‘Do you still hear them?’
In 2017, the vaping industry faced its biggest challenge; The Tobacco Products Directive.
Restrictions to trade, packaging and products on the market proved to be a point of contention between vapers and the government, but UK vapers were quick to adjust to the new rules.
However, despite widespread compliance and the promise that no further changes would come into effect, it seems that TPD isn't done with us just yet.
In the last few years, vaping has gone from an underground, often overlooked activity, to the biggest competitor to the tobacco industry. Around the world, millions of people are trading smoking for vaping, and vaping is growing in strength each day.
The last few years have been eventful for vaping, with overwhelmingly positive clinical studies, research data and new trading standards that make vaping safer for everyone.
‘Dark thoughts breed dark deeds’
Elizabeth’s mothers words echoed in her mind, still powerful enough to cause a sting of fear, even after all these years. It was hardly a comfort on this dark night,
The dimly lit streets of London were full of potent terrors, but today she witnessed something she shouldn’t have. Something evil. Something that made her often tense walk home seem as dread-filled as a home cooked meal.
She would leave England tonight. She would start fresh and be free of the horrors that seemed to almost suffocate her every waking moment of lucidity. She would be free.
Enthralled by her thoughts, she hardly noticed that her door was already unlocked, nor the musty smell coming from the pitch black hallway that somehow seemed so alien this eve.
But she soon woke from her daze, when a whispering voice emanated from the hunched figure shrouded by the night, standing on her stairwell.
Crippled by terror, wide eyed and mouth agape in horror, she hears the dark words and knows true fear for the last time. She finally realises, in this terrible moment, what her mother meant.
‘ITS TIME TO MEET THE STAFF.’
The UK vaping scene is already having a significant impact on the smoking industry and the way in which the public has grown to value their health. But the future is even brighter.
The success of vaping prompts an important question, primarily regarding how the UK of the near future will integrate alternative tobacco products. The UK has introduced lenient, and generally liberal, controls with regards to the industry, avoiding the strict legislation that other governments have seen fit to implement.
The public has responded to vaping extremely positively, leading to the introduction of new sub-cultures and social identities. With this, it looks like vaping is here to stay.