Why I Support Vaping
I don’t chase clouds, can’t do tricks, and have no clue when it comes to the latest hardware.
But, I will defend and support vaping.
I guess it would be safe to assume that I’m into vaping. I mean, hell, I work for a well-established e-liquid company and I love my job. But I have to admit, other than the juices that we create and distribute across the nation, I am a neophyte when it comes to vaping. Yep. Three years into it and I still couldn’t tell you difference between volts and watts. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the latest and greatest hardware offerings on the market and when my ego kicks in every now and then, I want to go get a kick-ass mod just like the next guy. The bottom line is this: I’m not into vaping for the novelty of it. There is one reason and one reason only why I support vaping.
The numbers are staggering. Smoking cigarettes kills people, in droves. We’ve all seen the statistics and the numbers are estimated to be around one billion before this century is over (Check out the A Billion Lives trailer below.) All of these people who are, or will be killed or affected by a smoking related disease have a name. I want to tell you about one of them. His name was Daniel LeVang. Dan was my father.
Born in 1942, Pops started smoking cigarettes when he was 18. Gradually over the years he increased his smoking up to 2 packs a day. Dan was a husband and father of five children. He led a very active life as a family man, successful business owner, baseball coach, and had numerous other talents and skills. One of them was being pretty damn good at lighting his own farts. Ok, TMI. On a serious note, by all accounts Dad led a good life and he was one of a kind to me and my siblings. His life ended on June 5th, 2011, a little over 5 years ago.
If my dad was still alive today, he would have been able to witness and enjoy so many memorable and amazing things that have happened within our family: his grandchildren growing up, his great-grandchildren being born, my son getting married, and me finding a second chance, now sober almost 4 years ago, and married to a wonderful woman two months ago. These are only a few of the events he missed, not to mention plenty of others like the Broncos winning Super Bowl 50. He was a huge fan!
As unique as Dan was, there are “Dans,” everywhere. We all have a Dan in our life, or know a Dan in our extended circles. He might be older than my dad was, or he could be younger. So, let me just finish with a simple plea to every Dan out there…..
Give up cigarettes as soon as you can in any way possible. Get help and ask for assistance. If that help turns out to be switching over to vaping, please start immediately. We want you to be around for a very long time. Don’t leave us too soon, you will miss so many wonderful things that are happening every day, every week, every month, and each year with your loved ones. Your children want you to watch them grow up, see your grandchildren graduate high school and one day get married, and join the family vacations that happen every year. And who knows, along the way, you might even come to believe that switching from cigarettes to vaping might have had a little something to do with it.