What is ‘vape culture’?
Any kind of hobby like vaping is going to organically develop a culture that connects all users on a basic level. Essentially, anyone who vapes is participating in vape culture and contributing to how others who don’t partake perceive those within said culture.
However, vape culture isn’t something that you are obligated to research, understand or consciously contribute towards. Nobody selling you a e-cig or e-juice is going to quiz you on how much you know about vape culture before you’re allowed to make a purchase.
While vape culture isn’t a necessary thing to be a part of it can be helpful in making you feel like you are part of a community. This can make you feel like you’re a part of something bigger than yourself, giving you a sense of belonging which is an essential part of feeling happy in your life.
Vape culture is typically characterised by things like competitive vaping competitions where the aim is to blow the largest and most elaborate cloud patterns. If you do a search on YouTube for “vape tricks” or “vape competition” you’ll find lots of result showing some truly impressive talent!
Naturally, you’ll probably want to try some of these tricks after seeing them performed. Luckily, there’s no shortage of online tutorials out there that allow you to turn your hobby into a new skill you can show-off to people.
Vape culture is also seen in the way vape accessories and e-juices are discussed, with vapers sharing their personal experiences and informing new hobbyists on what to go for and what they should think about avoiding. Basically, everyone is helping everyone else get their most optimal vape, whether that be from a new e-cig, new e-juice or some kind of accessory.
In this way, vape culture is a warm, fuzzy community that makes jumping to the hobby much easier for people who don’t already have friends who vape. People with severe anxiety or anti-social behaviours may find it easier to get involved when they learn about and embrace vape culture.
As you can see, there’s a lot you can potentially discuss when it comes to vape culture and there is no doubt many sub-cultures within the vape scene you can discover. For example, e-cig users form their own culture while mod users have a separate one just for them.