#1198 "And then Maisy turns up"

January 6th, 2016, 12:28 am

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Reply NtKGar, January 5th, 2016, 11:21 am

Puff Piece So I started vaping a couple of months ago. My cigarette is currently recharging and I'm starting to get a bit of a headache, so that's what brought it to mind and it's as good a rant topic as any other. I've seen all sorts of vaping kits and accessories and all that shite online, plus assorted memes of mist-shrouded buildings and forests with the caption "we get it, you vape", and I gotta say it's a bit weird that there's a subculture surrounding this stuff.

I started back in September and paid €23 for a starter kit, which included a battery plus charger, a clearomiser (which is the bit that holds the liquid and the evaporation mechanism and makes me have to remind myself that all words are made-up words every time I say it), and a 10ml bottle of nicotiney liquid that's supposed to be tobacco flavoured but I think it tastes like hazelnuts. It's reasonably pleasant. Since then I've cracked the first clearomiser and had to get a replacement at the cost of €5, but I'm still on the bottle of liquid that came with the starter kit.

Now I was never a particularly heavy smoker, I smoked rolling tobacco (Golden Virginia) and a 25g pouch would last me all week. However that pouch would cost nearly €10 (tobacco's expensive here), so €28 since September to keep my nicotine levels topped off is good going. I don't find the eCig as pleasant as regular cigarettes, but it's an ever-shrinking fraction of the price and it gets the job done.

And that's about as heartily as I endorse vaping. It's fine. It's cheap, it's probably a somewhat healthier method of flooding your lungs with stuff that contains nicotine than burning chemically-treated plant matter and inhaling the smoke, and you don't have to worry about the bus coming just as you light up. That's not nothing, but it's not worth starting a YouTube channel over.

I don't feel noticeably healthier, but the whole Popcorn Lung thing is on balance less of a concern than all the shit that's in tobacco and I haven't been able to find a list of eCig flavours that contain diacetyl anyway. I strongly doubt vaping is actually good for you but as far as I've been able to discern eLiquid is a less thorough poison than tobacco.

This really doesn't make it interesting.

I've always had a bit of contempt for drug culture. Weed is nice and all, but it's not an automatic punchline on its own. It's not an ethos. It's not something to live by or identify with. And why do people talk about how drunk they got at the weekend as if it were some sort of achievement? Weed culture and alcohol culture are remarkably similar and equally obnoxious. Bro.

And vaping doesn't even get you high! Effectively it's a little fog machine that you operate with your face! As a crutch to quit smoking it's great, but on its own merits it really doesn't have that many merits.

Basically I endorse the product, but in such a way as to wish people would shut up about it.

This is why I'm bad at marketing.

Although this is kinda cool.

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Reply NtKGar, January 7th, 2016, 11:04 am

Went to see my Dad for lunch today and he asked me for a hi-res version of the panel with Neko looking out the window. This was a bit unexpected (his reaction to the strip has hitherto always been fairly typical of cartoonists' parents, as far as I can gather), but I cropped the hi-res artwork and sent it on.

Here it is if anyone else wants it for their desktop or whatnot.

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