Vaping vs Modern Music Scene

Long seen as something effortlessly cool and rebellious, smoking has always appealed to people who sought to look unconventional and classy. Keith Richards, Axl Rose, Bob Dylan, and other rock stars made a cigarette part of this image. Youth all over the world followed the example of their idols and lit their first cigarettes.

Nowadays, the trend seems to be changing and an alternative option has started to prevail. Vaping is becoming the new cool thing.

Vaping Displacing Smoking

The fact that vape pens have replaced traditional tobacco products for many people seems phenomenal. But when we start analyzing the reasons, we understand that there?s nothing strange in that.

The new generation grew up surrounded by anti-smoking warnings. By the time they reached the age of rebellion, they were unwilling to take up smoking. Vaping was more attractive to them.

The health benefits play a critical role in shaping a positive attitude to vaping. There?s no need to mention the dreadful consequences of tobacco consumption. This is the major reason why a lot of smokers try to drop their harmful habit. Unfortunately, only a small percent of those who try to do that can succeed (from 3 to 6% according to different sources.)

Though vaping is not well-researched yet, the current studies encourage more traditional smokers to buy a fancy vape pen. Public Health England has recently completed a review of the effects of vaping. It has been found to be 95 percent less harmful than cigarettes. This was not surprising for vapors who already knew that from their own experience.

The Role of Music

When it comes to music, vaping has the edge over smoking. Hip-hop seems to be ahead of other genres in this regard. Vaping is wide-spread among hip-hop artists, and consequently, among their audience.

We can often see product placement in music videos and songs. The videos of Dj Khaled, Chris Brown, Young Thug, Fetty Wap and other artists featured vape products. The brands are usually shown to be fancy and stylish. This type of advertising is successful. Many young people decide to buy a featured vape pen.

Some rappers went even feature. They collaborated with vape brands and launched their own products. Want to know who? The best representatives of the industry:

  • DJ Khaled vapes as a hobby and promotes his favourite line of vape pens in his music videos ?I?m The One? and ?Do You Mind?. He also advertises another vape brand in ?You Mine? and ?Gold Slubs?.
  • Snoop Dogg who never hid his love for marijuana released herbal vaporizers.
  • Wiz Khalifa is also known for his love for weed. The rapper has his own line of dry herb and concentrate vaporizers. He even launched the vaporizer into space!
  • A$AP Rocky followed the suit and launched his own signature vape pen line.

Hip-hop culture isn?t the only one that embraced vaping. You can see an elderly nursing home resident vaping in Foo Fighters ?Run?.

The latest Jennifer Lopez video for her song ?Dinero? where DJ Khaled and Cardi B also appear features a girl model releasing a cloud of vapor.

Musicians Who Vape

Some of the most iconic rockers have switched to vaping. It may have been the standard for young rockers back in the 1970s and ?80s. But times have changed.

Dave Navarro and Tom Petty claim that vaping has helped them quit smoking. The musicians advocate a vapor pen as a helpful tool to quit.

Navarro acts like an e-cig ambassador. He talks about the effectiveness of vaping in the fight against smoking in nearly every media appearance. The artist says that health benefits are impressive and vaping saved his life.

Rolling Stones bandmate Ronnie Wood is also a vaper. Becoming a father of twins in 68 years old made him modify some of his habits.

The fact that even rock stars have been seen using e-cigarettes shows that these smoking devices can be a replacement for tobacco products for even the most extreme of characters.

Younger artists also pay attention to vape pen mods. Sonny Moore, known as Skrillex, has also been seen vaping.

Katy Perry also vaped and she liked it. The singer is a dedicated supporter of e-cigarettes. She has been caught vaping at various occasions by paparazzi.

Celebrities are choosing an alternative option to tobacco smoking for the same reason people all over the world are. It allows reducing the harm while satisfying nicotine cravings. Vaping offers a sensation similar to smoking a traditional cigarette. Thus, smoking cessation becomes less difficult.

No Smoking at Major Music Venues

Back in the days when heavy metal was at its peak, fans could enjoy smoking while listening to their favourite band. The artists could also light up a cigarette on stage.

Today, more and more arenas, music festivals, and casinos are banning smoking. But some musicians can?t change their habits easily.

We know Keith Richards is a diehard smoker. A smoke-free policy adopted by concert venues across the world can?t stop him from puffing on a cigarette while performing. The rock ‘n’ roll maestro claims that smoking is an integral part of his onstage persona. He often flouts smoking bans in many countries and light ups even at indoor events.

Other musicians don?t go against the regulations. It isn?t cool to perform with cigarettes anymore.

While some music venues may have vaping bans, many music festivals are becoming more loyal to vaping. Organizers understand that permission to vape can attract more people to an event as vaping community is constantly growing. The new smoking practice is becoming part of the musical experience.

Many musicians replaced their cigarette habit with a safer one. They don?t hide that. We can see them vaping in media and in life. The image of a regular cigarette as an edgy accessorize is fading.

As public figures, artists inspire struggling smokers to make a switch. It?s quite possible that more musicians and other famous people will start vaping. So, keep your eyes on the news.

About the Author: Phyllis Baker is the professional journalist and blogger specializing in health issues. Currently, she writes about vaping as the quitting smoking alternative.


UN and the World Health Organisation target harmless vaping

Time for the government to change the rules for e-cigarettes


Many of our New Zealand laws have not kept up with technology so laws designed for one thing are clumsily applied to another. One glaring example of this problem is how the law applies to e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes and ordinary cigarettes are legal and tobacco is legal but the e-liquids that contain nicotine and that are needed for e-cigarettes cannot be sold legally. People can buy e-liquids online and import them for personal use but it is still illegal to sell them.

This will surprise many consumers who have purchased them in New Zealand from both physical and online shops. New Zealand remains in legal limbo with a Ministry of Health that is choosing to not prosecute retailers who flout the law and a government who as yet has not changed a law that clearly needs changing. If Tobacco is legal it makes no sense at all that liquid nicotine should be illegal.

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E-cigarettes can help people quit

Out of all the methods available to smokers to help them to quit, I am not surprised that ?e-cigarettes are popular. Nicotine patches, gum, and lozenges while very helpful, all lack one vital psychological ingredient. They don’t look like a cigarette, they don’t taste like a cigarette and they do not ?involve?inhaling and exhaling ?the nicotine. ?The beauty of an e-cigarette is that smokers? can reduce the amount of nicotine they are using while still enjoy the vaping experience. Once they have beaten their nicotine habit they can continue to vape with many nicotine free?flavours available to them.

Another benefit that cannot be ignored is the money they will save. According to NZ Vapor, the sponsor of Whaleoil General debate and Whaleoil backchat,?“vaping will save the smoker about 80% of smoking costs – you can vape full time for around $5-$7 a week (Based on 20 cigarettes a day)”

Paris (AFP) – E-cigarettes may have helped some 18,000 smokers in England kick the tobacco habit last year, according to research released Wednesday.

The survey-based study was not a clinical trial, which means the link between the use of nicotine delivery devices and the number of people who quit smoking is not iron clad.

Indeed, other research has challenged the idea that e-cigarettes are an effective substitute for tobacco, with some studies even suggesting they are a “gateway” to adolescent addiction.

But a team of scientists led by Emma Beard of University College London, along with experts not involved in the study, said the new evidence that “vaping” can help smokers stop was compelling.

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Instead of plain packaging legislation, this solution would be much better

In stark contrast with the stupidity over plain-packaging there is actually some scientific evidence to support legalisation of vaping.

Thousands of New Zealand smokers? lives could be saved by legalising domestic sales of electronic cigarettes containing nicotine, a leading vendor says.

The claim by Cosmic, which is selling the devices despite the current legal ban, comes as submissions close today on a legalisation plan and has some backing from public health experts, both here and overseas.

Public Health England, which has helped to revolutionise official views on e-cigarettes in New Zealand, has said the nicotine delivery systems can help smokers quit, and they carry only a small fraction of the risk of smoking tobacco.

Auckland University?s Professor Chris Bullen, who led the world?s first high-quality trial to compare the quit-smoking rates of e-cigarettes and nicotine patches, said: ?I don?t think they are a magic bullet.

They?re not the sole thing that?s going to get us there [to the Smokefree 2025 goal], but I think they will help some population groups where we haven?t seen a breakthrough before.

?There could be some real potential for Maori smokers.? ? Read more »

Why I support e-cigarettes and vaping



The good news is that it looks like the National government is moving to legalise e-cigarette’s. This move is way overdue. Vaping is a much safer alternative to traditional cigarette smoking. When you vape you do not inhale all the carcinogenic chemicals that are soaked into cigarette paper and added to tobacco.

The bad news is that the Ministry of health’s proposal is to tax them in the same way we tax tobacco.

To me the main benefit of legalising e-cigarettes is to provide a strong financial incentive for smokers to switch to vaping which is a lot less harmful. An added benefit of e-cigarettes is that you can tightly control the amount of nicotine that you inhale. This means that if you want to quit, you can do it gradually without having to use patches or nicotine gum. You can also keep your habit without the nicotine as it is possible to inhale flavoured vapour that tastes like tobacco or any other flavour you desire.

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Why are e-cigs containing nicotine illegal?

We all know and recognise that smoking is lethal, it is a tax on the stupid.

It is harmful because it burns material releasing all sorts of other toxins other than nicotine and many of those are carcinogenic.

However vaping, that is vaporising, either?plant material or liquids is nowhere near as harmful and is not the same as smoking.

People who are addicted to tobacco are not addicted to?the?tobacco itself, rather to?the?nicotine, and vaping allows them to remove the harmful products while solving the addiction problem.

There is a problem however in that selling vaping liquids that contain nicotine is currently illegal in NZ because of our wonky tobacco laws.

It is illegal in New Zealand to sell e-cigarette liquid containing nicotine; only Ministry of Health-approved nicotine replacement therapies such as patches and gum can be sold.

People smoke e-cigarettes by inhaling a liquid vapour produced by vapouriser – a practice backed by the government in the UK, which allows them to be sold everywhere, including in supermarkets and at corner shops.

Prof Blakely said the benefits of vapourisers included a 50 percent increase in quit rates when people vaped while trying give up cigarettes.

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