Why do cigarette smokers have a negative perception of vapers?

I don't think anyone will like this answer, but I think it's closer to the truth. The actual answer is that, even though it's not the point of it, vaping is definitely still viewed as patently uncool. College age smokers are definitely interested in the image aspect. Particularly if you're in a large city, you don't see many people of any age using any sort of e-cigarette. Here in Chicago I don't think I've seen a single one in two or three months, honestly. I don't know where you go to school, but if you've transferred to a city college from a more rural area, there's just a different attitude about them in places like this.

Cigarettes definitely still seem to have a hip image about them among certain people, in certain places. Ecigarettes, for whatever reason, are seen as a bit dingy. A bit "lower class". I was reading some thing recently that included "amount of Vape shops" as a qualifier to determine how "redneck" a certain location is. I think people who use them are a bit blind to this perception. The smokers aren't jealous, those are sincere scoffs. I've also heard many conversations concerning how amused people get with, what do they call them, cloud pushers? And also a general amusement with people who tout their ability to save money while continuously paying for more and more toys for their habit.

I don't smoke anymore, but I also share a lot of smokers amusement about the whole thing. You also have to remember that smoking is also more of an individualistic act than vaping. Not in the sense that people don't socialize while using cigarettes, but in the sense that they don't form like, little cigarette clubs and talk about their favorite brands and have "smoke cloud competitions" or whatever else. It's just not the same.

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