Petition to Apple: vapers demand emoji

Trying to change public perceptions of vaping is a tough job. Could a vape emoji make a the difference?


Wouldn’t it be nice if vapers had a vaping emoji for their iPhone?

A dedicated vaper named Sheba Love thinks it’s a great idea, and has gone as far as creating a petition aimed getting Apple to include one. Usually, I think petitions are a huge waste of time, and a distraction from real work that needs to get done. But this one’s fun. Who doesn’t like emojis?

“Apple decided to replace the gun emoji with a water pistol,” the petition reads. “I demand they add a VAPE emoji if they are going to keep the cigarette. It’s just that simple. I’m not going to waste your time with a sob story, just check out these links, sign this thing, pass it on. Cigarettes are lame, vaping is the future. If Apple can stand up to the NSA they can also stand up to the FDA, Big Tobacco, and Big Pharma. Thanks, Sheba Love.”

Sheba told us that after contacting Apple and getting nowhere trying to persuade them, it was time for direct action. So far it hasn’t gained a lot of steam, but that can change quickly.

What do you think a vape emoji should look like?

The emoji’s history is interesting. They were originally used by Japanese consumers in the ’90s to express things in a “kawaii” style on pagers. It started with a heart symbol and evolved into all sorts of icons (faces, flags, animals, buildings, symbols, and so much more). Today, mobile phone users see emojis as an integral element of messaging. Apple first included an emoji keyboard in iOS 5 for the iPhone in 2011. Today, there are all sorts of third-party emoji keyboards for Android and iOS, because the native emoji aren’t enough for many people. Emoji have become so powerful that Apple has integrated a “stickers” system in the latest version of messages for iOS 10, allowing companies to monetize emoji-like icons. With emoji becoming so prolific and pervasive, the vaping world ought to have its own symbol.

What do you think of Sheba Love’s petition for Apple to include a vaping emoji? Is it a worthwhile pursuit or a misguided effort (like so many petitions). What would you even want to see in a vaping emoji? A person performing a vape trick? A box mod? How would the graphic designer even differentiate between vapor and smoke? Leave your thoughts and suggestions below.

Jim McDonald
I spend most of my time studying the regulatory, legislative and scientific challenges to vaping, advocating for our right to exist, and talking with others who do the same. Consider me a source for information, and feel free to agree or disagree with anything I say. I love good coffee and sweet Michigan cherries. My childhood hero was Gordie Howe.
  • petitions are generally a waste of time for everyone involved. They almost always result in nothing. If the petitioner really wanted to make a meaningful change with emoji then she should have been pestering the Unicode Consortium instead of Apple.

    • someguy smiley

      Sheba Love is a guy.

      • My apologies to him. The same thing applies.

    • Sheba Love

      well, that’s fine and dandy, but the idea here is someone sees it and can actually do something as far as bringing to the drawing board. with enough shares someone who knows someone might pass it on.

      • So why target just Apple instead of all the companies that participate in the Unicode Consortium? That would have targeted far more devices than just iOS ones.

        • Sheba Love

          i’ve never heard of them. hopefully through pointless petitions like this i will come across people that can educate me about other emoji makers and maybe even people with ideas that are better for how to get a vape emoji. and as far as the influx of people sending me messages of a face and a wind gust – i was thinking more like a boxmod and tank… but here we are talking, and you’re giving me knowledge, and maybe there’s a piece of you that thinks there should be a vape emoji if there’s a cigarette emoji, and if so, my petition wasn’t pointless. it was the first step towards finding out more info on how to contact who regarding emojis.