How to Be a Zen Vaper
How often has something like this happened to you? You’re enjoying your vape and minding your e-cig etiquette when someone nearby recognizes that you’re vaping but doesn’t understand why. Most times, they leave it alone; other times, they stare and quietly criticize; and once in a while, they make a comment. How should you respond?
Every vaper represents the fledgling industry, so when situations like this arise, they need to be ready with solid answers to diffuse these situations in a positive way, which brings us to our main point: Be a Zen vaper. (We promise no om mantras outside your own ohm chants.)
Responding to Non-Vapers
There will always be people that oppose e-cigarettes for one reason or another, and even if someone is using logic to attack a belief, it can still be difficult not to get angry and defensive. After all, when people are criticized they become uncomfortable and even distressed, but vapers need to remember it works both ways. Any sort of retort is not likely to help non-vapers see a different point of view but rather to reinforce their own. This is why it’s important for the vaper to ignore criticism and stop the cycle. Even in the most heated discussions about e-cigarettes, vapers should strive to stay calm and respectful when responding.
If someone is nice to you, then it may inspire you to be nice right back to them. The principle of reciprocity is seen and demonstrated in cultures all over the world, but it isn’t always used positively. When people are aggressive, they will respond with aggression. If they are treated with disdain, then they will respond with disdain.
Don’t Expect to Win
Once someone makes a demonstrative statement, especially in public, they are less likely to change their minds because they want to remain consistent. They also may have been making such statements for a long time. If they have made statements over and over again about the dangers of e-cigarettes, you probably will not be able to convince them otherwise, even when they are faced with evidence.
While some people will simply never have their minds changed, it doesn’t mean that they’re hopeless. Sometimes just responding in an open and friendly way will open the door to someone on the other side of the debate.
What is the craziest question or comment about vaping you’ve heard from a non-vaper? Let us know in the comments below!
The opinions and other information contained in these blog posts and comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of Nicopure Labs LLC, owner of the Halo and HaloCigs marks.
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