As e-cigs become increasingly popular, vapers are going to extreme limits to create the largest, densest clouds from their vaporizers. For vapers who want to get the most out of their devices, they’re altering the stock parts on their vapes and replacing them with other materials with the hopes of creating a higher vapor output. This may not always be safe, as some of these parts, such as the battery, is not intended for this type of use. Some vapers are even going to the extreme of competing with others in order to see who can produce the biggest vapor cloud.
These extreme vapers, or as they like to call themselves, “Cloud Chasers”, are set on producing the biggest, densest clouds of vapor. One place where this can be particularly seen is at the Henley Vaporium, located in New York City. The Henley Vaporium is Henley’s first retail location, and seeks to introduce traditional tobacco smokers with a healthier alternative to smoking, as well as provide experienced vapers with the best new products to hit the market. Their goal is to “create a vibrant, exciting environment that accommodates new ways for old habits”. The Henley Vaporium is home to some of the most extreme vapers, and holds regular events called “Cloud Competitions”.
Cloud Competitions consist of what the name implies: a group of vaporizing enthusiasts who get together and compete to see who can exhale the largest amount of vapor, creating what appears to be a giant cloud. Vapers stand back-to-back and try to take the biggest hits they can. Whoever blows out the largest, densest cloud wins that round and moves forward in the competition. This continues until only one person is left, who is then deemed the winner. The winner of the competition usually wins a cash prize and a trophy, which in some cases is accompanied by a free mod kit.
Although some may enjoy blowing out extremely large clouds of vapor and resembling a dragon, is this really a good message we are sending to the general public? This may be a good way to establish a bond with others within the vaping community, but it may have its drawbacks when seen through the eyes of someone not familiar with vaping. The general public is not necessarily familiar with vaporizers or the liquids used within them, causing some people to see this habit as an excessive indulgence. It’s one thing to take moderate hits for your own enjoyment, but something else entirely when you’re trying to blow out the most massive hit possible. Most people who are uninformed about vaping are led to believe that these competitions are just a way to obtain a nicotine-induced high. The vaping community should be trying to portray themselves in the best light possible, especially with all the e-cig bans that are beginning to be enforced. Although cloud competitions may be a fun activity for some, it should be portrayed in a more informative way in order to generate positive responses from the public.