Vapers: Stay Connected!

Our online networks are about to get very important

Social Media

The FDA might not listen to what vapers think — yet — but we are a force when it comes to social media. The results of a Twitter poll by CNBC International changed dramatically last week after vapers found it and shared it widely. The correct answer was well behind up to that point. By the next afternoon, the “vape-positive” answer had taken the lead and eventually pulled away.

Does it matter? Do the results of informal polls on social media make a difference? Probably not. Maybe a few people will see it and follow the crowd, deciding maybe e-cigs really aren’t so bad. Every little piece of propaganda against vaping needs to be fought, and who better to do it than us? That’s not really important though.

What is important is that we’re talking to each other. Times are going to get rough very soon. We will see many businesses close and many less-committed vapers fade away. Those of us who truly care need to talk to each other, share information, keep each other positive and focused. We need to grow our networks and stay connected, and be ready to mobilize and take action quickly.

Vapers have always connected online

Vaping is the first disruptive technology to find its original market on the internet. Before there were brick-and-mortar stores, we all bought our products from online vendors. We chose them after watching reviews and tutorials on YouTube. We discussed them in online forums and on web “TV” and radio programs. Later we connected on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Vaping is a creature of the internet. And vapers make their presence felt everywhere on social media.

That Twitter poll is long over. But if you’re not already on Twitter, you should be! It helps us in the fight to keep vaping alive and viable, as a news source and as a way to help build and expand networks of vapers.

We like to say that vaping grows one smoker at a time, and that’s true, but social media is an immediate way for those new vapers to feel instantly welcome, and part of a real community. So follow each other! Grow our reach, spread the word, listen and be heard, learn and then educate others. You know where to start, right?

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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.