Staying the Course – Helping Smokers Switch

Although Covid has put Sydneysiders in lockdown, opportunities still exist to help smokers transition.

That other form of THR advocacy

The path I have been travelling since 2011 hasn’t changed much over the past few years, however, Covid has certainly offered up some roadblocks in terms of my ability to loiter the usual hangouts – Pubs, clubs and whatever establishments crowds of smokers choose to patronise –

Yes, these days if anywhere, it’s generally seating areas outside or around local shopping centres, or for me, it’s the outdoor Lane Cove Plaza, or as with the above pic, the newer Canopy area. There’s still some cafe’s and coffee shops doing decent business, along with numerous locals wandering about – Albeit that they’re also engaged in daily or weekly shopping at the new Coles or Aldi stores.

Considering that regulators have paid little mind to various submissions or challenges, I have long felt that meeting with smokers and offering transitional support, or at least an introduction to vaping, is a viable form of advocacy – It’s certainly good for the smoker and public health in general, right?

So, whenever there’s a chance to share a coffee with a smoker, I’ll take up the challenge. As always, I carry about 4 or 5 devices with me, along with some in-house e-liquids. Both nicotine and non nicotine based.

I’m not permitted to share nicotine based e-liquid (what we often call e-juice) with smokers, or anyone for that matter! God forbid someone would find it satisfying.

Have I ever done so? That’s another story..

Charles Yates

AKA Charles Vaper. Ex-smoker, current vaper and THR advocate. I started The Vapers Table in 2011 to offer information and support for smokers looking to transition to vaping. My interests are- Helping smokers quit, food, cooking, flavours, music, orchestral composing-studio recording & technology, travel & country road trips.