Let’s be clear. I love the vaping community. It’s full of nerds, weirdos, eccentrics, hardcore hobbyists, and passionate advocates (in the very best of ways). But not everyone in the community recognizes that they represent not only the community at large, but also the industry an industry on the verge of harsh rules based almost solely on public perception.

By many accounts VapeBash in Chicago appears to have been quite a success. But in making vapers look like an amicable, reasonable, and approachable community, the event might not be the best sample.

The short version is that after signing a contract with event organizers stating that vaping would be allowed anywhere throughout the hotel, a few fire alarms from too much vapor and (presumably) visits from the fire marshal resulted in the hotel changing that policy. The hotel sent a letter to guests dictating that e cigs could only be used in the ballrooms and ballroom foyers. It also called in additional staff to police vaping and booted individuals that set off the smoke detectors in their rooms.

Presumably, things got so heated and antagonistic between hotel staff and vaping guests that at least one physical altercation occurred.

The vaper side of the argument can be heard in vaping radio show Click, Bang‘s latest episode (discussion of VapeBash begins at around 24 minutes). And certainly these grievances are reasonable. While the hotel may not have known what it was getting itself into by agreeing to allow vaping anywhere and everywhere, that is not an excuse for what appears to be grossly poor customer service in the wake of the change in policy (whether it was forced by the local fire marshal or not).

Click Bang‘s host, Russel, even has a recorded conversation between himself and the (it sounds like) head of the hotel. The episode is worth a listen, though Russ certainly gets a bit heated over his interaction with the hotel manager. Right out of the gate, what could be a simple lack of distinction between private and public hotel space policy makes the hotel representative a bald faced liar in Russ’s eyes. It is possible that the note about where vaping could be done was meant primarily to apply to the hotel’s public space.

A few things about the event appear to suggest more is at play than a hotel deciding it suddenly doesn’t like vaping and vapers. Among other things, the hotel rep mentions individuals tampering with smoke detectors. Some vapers might have been doing this to vape freely in their rooms without concern of the alarms going off. The problem is that hotels are required to maintain working smoke detectors and tampering with them in most states is a misdemeanor. This might be why some individuals were booted from the hotel.

It also appears that a group which decided not to stay at the hotel in light of vaping issues was given a full refund.

Meanwhile, it appears the response to the hotel crackdown may have ranged from passive aggressive to aggressive aggressive. Apparently, some even staged a cloud competition (blowing the largest, thickest clouds possible) on the last day as a way to show the hotel what for before leaving.

Again, certainly plenty seems to have been handled incorrectly, but perhaps the harsh response from hotel staff was based on what can only be described as uncouth and antagonistic behavior by some vapers (not all, but some).

Let’s forget for a moment about the hotel itself. Let’s imagine that someone at the hotel is there for something other than the vaping event and isn’t even acquainted with electronic cigarettes. How then does this person perceive the vaping community? Are they going to see vapers as a trod upon group merely seeking the freedom to use their devices in peace or as a group of entitled nicotine obsessed brats that blow smoke in the faces of everyone they pass?

Again, we all need to be aware that the way we act at these events, justified or not, reflects on the community and industry. These actions could impact the way that local authorities view e cigs.

Should vaping events be vapor free for alls? We’d certainly like that, but a little decorum now may lead to more freedoms later.

Marlboro cigarettes – history of failure, then success

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The amazing Marlboro cigarette brand began in England 1847 and was initially targeted at female smokers. Aiming at this market segment was not successful, so in the 1920’s Marlboro was re targeted to female smokers in the United States. In this campaign it was stressed that Marlboro was a ‘mild’ cigarette. These efforts continued into World War II when the brand was eventually taken off the market.

In the 1950’s Marlboro was again introduced to the market, this time on the heels of a stories about the negative health aspects of smoking. At the time, the vast majority of cigarettes being sold were non filtered. Marlboro was a filtered cigarette, so this clearly was an attempt to win over the health conscience crowd.

Later, during the 50’s, the company decided to dump the targeting of women and began promoting Marlboro as a man’s cigarette. The first icon of this new change in marketing was the ‘Tatooed Man’ depicted on this page. Various images of healthy looking, outdoor type began showing up in ads.

The images used in their ads evolved more and more into those depicting particularly macho types. In the beginning, images of naval officers and livestock ranchers made the advertising scene. In 1954, the now well known ‘Marlboro Man’ was introduced, and by 1963 was the sole representative of Marlboro ads.

Around 1972, Marlboro cigarettes became the most popular brand, and have remained so, for the most part since then.

While the Marlboro brand may not be ranked at the top any longer, it still retains a value in excess of $21 billion. That figure places it above such brands as American Express, Hewlett Packard, and Gillette.

Marlboro Naming Scheme in Transition

In mid August of 2006, a federal district court ruled that the names ‘Light’, ‘Ultralight’, ‘Natural’, or ‘Mild’ could not be used. The judge said that these names were misleading to smokers in the sense that they conveyed some positive health effect. The ruling further stipulated that names changes must occur at the beginning of 2007.

Tentatively, Philip Morris has decided to use a color naming scheme for their products that previously used the banned words in the name of their product. Given that, they have decided that Marlboro Lights would be called Marlboro Golds and that Marlboro Ultralights would be named Marlboro Silvers.

Additional Links About Marlboro Cigarettes

  • Marlboro Cigarettes Wikipedia