Okay so i’ve never been a smoker, nor have that many of my friends but since travelling the world a little bit, I have seen that smoking is part of everyday life for so many people.
Now as a girl that would rather buy a new item of clothing per week than literally burn my money day in, day out, I have to question what it is that ever drew people to smoking in the first place, I mean I have spoken with smokers who have even told me that they find it as unhealthy and disgusting as many of us non-smokers, but times are changing.
During a recent visit to the UK to visit a couple of friends that I saw while travelling, one thing became apparent while we were walking through the busy streets of London, e-cigarettes were everywhere.
Now back home in Australia, we don’t have that, yeah we have the smokers and those that say that they would quit if they could but over in the UK it seems that people are trying to do more about, taking on the ‘vaping’ mentality and they seem to be as common as the latest fashion collection by a leading fashion house. Literally everywhere.
Speaking to Alice and Sean (the couple that I was over in the UK to visit and my very handy tourist guide for the two weeks I was there), they told me that e-cigarettes were really taking off, not like a typical technological craze but instead it was more of an upward trend, kind of like a designer having their latest collection sold on a global scale.
There was everything from guys walking about with big, sometimes over-sized box look alikes through to women walking by with smaller, somewhat more girly pen-style ones, it was crazy.
Now those of you that know me will know that I am one of those women that simply needs to know the what, where, when and why of things, so naturally I wanted to find out just how wide-spread this market was… I mean is this solely something to do with London or is that something that is happening everywhere and us Aussies are just behind the times (again?).
I managed to speak with the two gentlemen that own online eliquid selling website www.SnakeVape.co.uk, who were very generous in their offer to answer some of the questions that I had about the whole ‘vaping’ vibe that seems to have taken over the UK.
Now i’m not going to cover all of the conversation that we had as to be honest, not knowing anything other than there are men and women walking about with all shapes and sizes of e-cigarettes, some of the questions seemed to be a little ‘basic’ to say the least, but what was interesting was what they said about the industry itself;
“Vaping has become a major pass time for people, both smokers and non-smokers alike, however don’t be fooled into the stories that claim that those non-smokers were pulled into it by the sale of e-cigarettes as a whole, shisha contains no nicotine while eliquids do, there is a clear choice and difference even there.”
When asked about the differences between what I had seen in relation to the e-cigarettes on the street, they told me “The marketplace is growing and is working to provide a suitable selection of different styles for people to be able to own.
There are more subtle, smaller pen like devices that are cost effective and less ‘in your face’, then you have the flip side of that with the much bigger devices that offer the ability for vapers to be able to customise their whole vaping experience.”
For me, I just don’t see the appeal unless you are looking to stop smoking (as the claims state that these can help) but one thing was for sure, the lady that I saw walking past Topshop in London was clearly thinking about her own style as she walked past with her pink open toe shoes clearly matching her e-cigarette.