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workplace vaping committee
I'm mentioned in another thread that I was putting together a business case for an initiative to help more people quit the stinkies and start vaping.

I need input from vaping enthusiasts, aka TVF community.

If your workplace set up such a group or committee or social gathering, support group, what would you call it?

What would you want out of it? (please don't say free equipment/gear) Smile
23-12-2016 02:19 AM
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RE: workplace vaping committee
I'd want a location to vape indoors, away from smokers. Particularly when it's cold where you are FB. Oh, and free gear.

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23-12-2016 02:24 AM
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RE: workplace vaping committee
The anti-stink group!

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23-12-2016 02:56 AM
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RE: workplace vaping committee
I really like the RCP's name for their ecig report: "Not Blowing Smoke." It's simple and gets people interested, and states right up front that ecigs are NOT the same as smoking. If I were creating a "stop smoking, start vaping" group I'd call it something like that. 

As for what I'd want out of it... It would be awesome if you could pair up with a local shop to give people a discount on juice and/or gear, like maybe 10% off any purchase if the customer says they're part of the "Not Blowing Smoke" group. It would be a great incentive for people to join since everyone loves a discount, plus it would bring in business for a local shop. Ideally, if you could work something out with HR as far as like maybe a small stipend to help people afford to make the switch, since it can be costly up-front to buy the gear, or some kind of healthcare incentive. That's probably a pipe dream though since that would depend more on the insurance company your business uses. But really, any kind of monetary incentive would be ideal, since that's one of the biggest complaints I hear from smokers: "I'd like to quit, and I've heard ecigs are better than smoking, but I can't spend $100 on a vape when I can get a pack of smokes for $5." 

And I agree with bibs, a place to vape indoors would be ideal. I like the idea of a separate place for vapers to go on break, so they aren't distracting co-workers with big clouds all throughout the office, but also allowing vapers to avoid secondhand smoke, and more importantly, allow them to avoid the peer pressure of having to stand with smokers and smell the smoke while they're trying to quit. I know for me, the smell of a cigarette used to be a big thing, I'd pass someone smoking in a Wal-Mart parking lot and I'd instantly crave a cigarette, so letting vapers in your company avoid that would be a huge deal. Especially this time of year, it could get some smokers to switch or at least cut back on cigarettes just because they don't want to go out in the cold. 

On a related note, I think one of the most important things is anti-shaming. Don't make people feel bad if they still smoke sometimes. People who are trying to quit smoking have it hard enough without vapers telling them "dude, I thought you were quitting! What happened?" when really, every cigarette they don't smoke is a victory. So in your support group, I think it's important to make sure that people don't segregate into the "still smoking vapers" faction and the "true believers" faction. Everyone is at a different level, and while some people might pick up a vape and never smoke again, others need a more gradual transition and there's nothing wrong with going from a pack-a-day habit to half-a-pack-a-day while vaping. 

By the way, I don't think you personally would shame smokers for having a cigarette when they're trying to quit, I just mean it would be important to let other people in the company know too. Maybe have a support group where people can talk about vaping and hold each other accountable like AA, where it's okay to admit you had a few cigarettes last week, we're still cheering for you. 
23-12-2016 05:27 AM
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RE: workplace vaping committee
Organize open discussions. Invite vapers, invite smokers, citizens who need more information. Invite doctors. Let them explain people that you won't get popcorn lungs, you won't get water in your lungs, you won't get cancer from nicotine. Let vape scepticists be part of the discussion. Make them understand how stupid their arguments are. Inform inform inform... 
A good slogan would be: Make a friend to quit smoking; Save a life
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23-12-2016 07:37 AM
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RE: workplace vaping committee
I've already got the local shop offering 10-25% off depending on what specific gear someone is looking at...all they need to do is mention that I sent them. Smile
23-12-2016 08:57 PM
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RE: workplace vaping committee
as already mentioned an indoor vape area would be a good idea
it would also give the smokers incentive to try vaping during cold weather
one of the places I work for have outdoor vaping shelters and they are very popular Good

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That sign would be great if whomever designed it knew the difference between smoking and vaping.. I almost never smoke my e  Dodgy
Ah well, I guess it's a step in the right direction Smile

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RE: workplace vaping committee
I think promoting anti-shame would be excellent; something you are successful at, rather than total fail. Maybe said vape shoppe would be interested in doing juice sampling, along with medical lunch and learns. It might also help to educate those who want to know facts about vaping instead of propaganda.

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