Something happened today completely by accident and it made the conspiracy theorist within go ‘oooooo hmmm I wonder’ and then obviously on to ‘those sneaky bastards’, and as I’m laid up at the moment without many working limbs and can’t get into the studio (hopefully tomorrow though) I figured I’d write about it! Tin foil hats at the ready!
So, we know that thanks to the FDA and EU powers-that-be, we now have to have warnings on vape product packaging akin to those on cigarettes, some of us may also feel that the bad press and government’s negligence over accepting that vaping is safer than smoking tobacco, could in part, be due to them needing people to continue combustible tobacco to allow vast revenue from taxation, tobacco companies, and pharmaceutical companies to carry on being collected – not to mention the extra costs involved with people living longer and so on.
Now, stay with me, and this could be absolutely my own brain running wild but when I left the box for the new Nautilus 2 next to my sofa, I walked past, saw this out of the corner of my eye, and quite honestly it took a moment to compute….
Now tell me what that looks like to you, because to me, that’s the closest thing to something that looks like a packet of cigarettes I’ve had in my house for a number of years!
I need to highlight that in no way am I putting Aspire under the spotlight here for their packaging, they are only doing exactly what they’re told.
Going back to the conspiracy theorist in the back of my head – that does enjoy watching the occasional online documentary about pixelated underwater and desert maps on Google – does making vaping products look like cigarette packets help or hinder the new starter? Does it normalise tobacco packaging to the point of making it harder to tell the difference? is it more likely that someone sees a black packet like the one in the pic, and it sub-consciously reminds them of their favourite JPS smokes or whatever packaging may be similar?
I don’t know, I really don’t. We know the warning labels are unnecessary and actually telling lies because your new mod/tank/dripper does not contain nicotine, it may never contain nicotine, so it’s all about usage. Your car contains nicotine once you put your 10ml bottle of eliquid in there for crying out loud.
Seeing as I’m deeply mistrustful of our fabulous rulers and lawmakers, and also how times are changing with subliminal marketing, Neuro Linguistic Programming, and various other influencing techniques being used like never before, I can’t shake the feeling that there’s more shady actions taking place than we as consumers are seeing, and this just struck alarm bells.
Like I said, it could be because I’m a tad mental, it could be the medication, or it could in it’s smallest degree be a thing – if nothing else, we don’t like it, we don’t need it, and we all wish it would bugger off – is it going to though? is it bollocks.
I’m always interested to hear your thoughts on these things, so leave a comment below and tell me if I’m losing my mind LOL
‘Ave it large people!
The Vaping Biker