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Vaping in my travels - interesting.
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Vaping in my travels - interesting.
Hallo!  Long time no post!  Been on the road - or more accurately, in the air - for 13 straight days.  Risked bringing all my kit with me just to see how things went.  It was enlightening.

New York ComiCon - fewer vapers in NY than in other states percentage wise on the smoking deck, but still present in force.  Around the city, i was surprised at the number of smokers vs vapers - looks like the propaganda is working here.  Sad.  Didn't vape indoors (except in my hotel room) to respect the (ignorant) laws.

Internationale Spieltage in Essen, Germany - I was SHOCKED at how many people still smoke in Germany, and how few people vape!  Everyone knew what it was, but VERY few other vapers outside.  Saw a couple of rebellious young fellows stealth vaping inside the convention.  had 2 people lecture me on how much worse vaping was for my health - while smoking cigarettes.  The one group of cloud chasers I ran into were all from the UK.  Out on the streets - same thing.  People didn't make a big deal about it, but surprisingly few other vapers.  had to buy some juice in Essen because Turkish Air lost one of my bags with he larger bottle in it.  Prices weren't REALLY high, but they weren't cheap.  Only 50/50 juice offered (ugh) and only in 10 ml bottles.  Juice quality was decent but not great.  Bonus because he had a store of Sony batteries in stock.  Overpaid for a pair because VTC's are hard to come by.

Istanbul, Turkey - had an 18 hour layover in Istanbul, no event to attend.  This, was interesting.  It was like being a rock star.  People stopped and looked.  People openly stared.  People asked questions.  Young people seemed to know what it was, but didn't know much about them.  Older people looked at me like I was from the moon.  Being painfully American in this city drew enough attention as it was, but vaping in public - I might as well have been 10 meters tall and glowing green.  Nobody harrassed me about it, including cops; the few people that did approach me were curious about it and interested.  I seriously can't overstate the insane amount of stares.  And apparently 2/3 of Turkey still smokes.

Regarding traveling - zero issues.  Even in Turkey, they let all my gear, batteries, everything through security without a hitch.  LAX is tougher about it than Germany or Turkey were.

Next up - Australia.        

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20-10-2016 01:48 AM
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RE: Vaping in my travels - interesting.
Wow, how can I get your job? That sounds awesome. 

But seriously, it's a shame that the propaganda is working so well for so many people. Sounds like you had some good conversations, spread the good news, mate! I'm going to Paris & London soon, glad to hear you didn't have troubles traveling with all that. 
20-10-2016 02:58 AM
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RE: Vaping in my travels - interesting.
Having been to Germany, it's a smoking culture, as is Turkey. The EU policy on vaping is clearly working well. It's a shame, but I'm glad you are an ambassador for vaping. I can't remember a single time when I was smoking some random person coming up and telling me how bad it was for me. I have the impression you are going to comic conventions. Being a geek, I think that kind of culture would embrace vaping.

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RE: Vaping in my travels - interesting.
AJ Ignorance is bliss (Or so they say) If they only knew the truth( Or Listened to it ) then maybe they wouldn't be so ignorant. Sounds like you're enjoying yourself so who cares and Vape On Good

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20-10-2016 02:46 PM
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RE: Vaping in my travels - interesting.
Yes Bibs, I go to ComiCons for a living right now.  All over the US, and now internationally.  It's not a terrible job, lol.

I was really paranoid about bringing all my stuff.  I've heard that it's become a problem.  I researched Germany and Australia before I left and decided it was probably okay to take my stuff, but I forgot about having to clear Turkey  and that worried for a minute.  Once I was there, it was like - well, let's see how it goes, lol.

It's really eye opening to see the differences in the way vaping is received, and how many people I see doing it, in the different states (and now countries).  And a little depressing.

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20-10-2016 06:17 PM
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RE: Vaping in my travels - interesting.
Do you remember the Travel Channel show the Toy Hunter? He did the CC circuit too. DO you know him? You know everyone else.
20-10-2016 07:31 PM
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RE: Vaping in my travels - interesting.
Never met Toy Hunter.  

The Australia trip involved a stop in the Abu Dhabi.  The UAE is NOT vape friendly, so I put all the vape gear in my checked bag.  Which meant no vaping from the minute I checked that bag, through the 13 hour flight, for a full day in the UAE, and for 13 more hours until I hit JFK.  That S-U-C-K-E-D but I made it, without a patch or anything.  Going without nic as a vaper, it's like annoyance.  If I'd had to make it those 50+ hours as a smoker, I might've been homicidal, lol.

Turns out I needn't have been so paranoid - they didn't even search me at customs.  They xray'd my bag, but I could've carried ANYTHING on my person, I wasn't even patted down much less scanned.  Oh well, lol.  Better safe than sorry!

In Melbourne, vaping is definitely a thing - but apparently it instantly labels you as a hipster, gay, or both.  Got razzed about it a lot until they found out I was American, and then they were like, "oh, I hear vaping is pretty mainstream there" and they'd be really cool about it.  Apparently Victoria is chill about vaping, but I'm told that other Australian states are less so.

Sorry I haven't been a around; 12 day trip and then I moved house literally the day I got back.  Been getting set back up in the new place.  Missed ya'll! 

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RE: Vaping in my travels - interesting.
Gay hipster seems an odd stigma for it to be given Wacko 

 Glad your back aj

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Welcome back AJ, wouldn't have been worth the risk had you carried your gear and either had it confiscated or worse..... at least now you know you can survive 15 hours.... Tongue
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I missed you AJ and am totally envious. Not about work travel, but world travel. Admiring you as well for what seems like days without vaping. Until I damaged my jaw, I would jet where ever I got a deal. NY at least once a year. Since an evil dentist did some damage, only major drugs will get me to fly again. Of course the occasional major drugs couldn't be that bad.

Wonder what advertising is like for Australian gay hipster community.

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