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cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene

17 Jul 17 - 03:32 AM (#3866485)
Subject: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Jack Campin

Consider the picture of Martin Boland in this article:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/obituaries/obituary-martin-boland-singer-who-was-heart-and-soul-of-edinburgh-s-folk-scene-1-4503044

He died about a week ago. He was quite a bit younger than he looks in that picture. Not exactly a picture of health.

And not many people thee days would want to be photographed hanging on to cigarette like that. There is another photo on Facebook which shoes him sucking furiously on an e-cig. Except when actually singing, it would probably have been hard to find a moment when Martin didn't have one or other in his mouth.

There are a good few other folkies in the queue. I get the impression that while overall tobacco consumption has gone down since e-cigs took over, the remaining smokers, in the folk scene at least, are trying to make up for the ones who've given up. They are much less at risk for lung cancer, but if anything the risks of heart and circulatory disease are greater.

There are also less heavy drinkers in the folk scene than there used to be, and very few people whose illegal drug use is out of control. E-cigs have taken over as the main drug of abuse. And they really are killing people.

Is this a peculiarly Scottish style of self-destruction or do people elsewhere see the same?


17 Jul 17 - 03:42 AM (#3866488)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Joe Offer

I've spent a fair amount of time in close quarters with a U.S. folkie who vapes- constantly. He claims it will do me no harm, but I'm not so sure.
Mind you, I smoked for 25 years and still like a cigarette once a year or so. I do think musicians tend to smoke more than some - It's the Bohemian thing, I think.


17 Jul 17 - 07:11 AM (#3866544)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Jack Campin

For me, e-cig fumes are worse than second-hand tobacco smoke. My eyes and throat burn for a couple of days after sitting next to somebody doing it.


17 Jul 17 - 07:17 AM (#3866549)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Felipa

Yes, both types of ciggies are anathema to me.
And while I appreciate that e-cigs can help wean people off tobacco; when the co-ordinator of our single circle puffs his electronic ciggie in the pub I think it's a retrograde step. For several years, since smoking indoors in places of employment (including pubs) was banned in N Ireland he was going for much longer without a smoke. Now he can use his e-puffer indoors so he has it in his mouth much of the night.


17 Jul 17 - 08:29 AM (#3866562)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Jon Freeman

I'm a smoker (not good, I know). In terms of the players I can think of off hand in this area, I'm struggling to come up with a "vaper". Some managed to give up before the ban (reasons include heart problems and pregnancy) and there is the odd one like me who goes outside to roll, say some golden virgina.


17 Jul 17 - 09:18 AM (#3866573)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Steve Gardham

Only one of our group still smokes and he rolls his own. He slopes off to have one occasionally outdoors but this does not and should not affect the rest of us. I have not noticed anyone at our gigs indoor and outdoor causing any problem and we live in the current City of (unhealthy) Culture, the fat capital of the world.


17 Jul 17 - 11:05 AM (#3866607)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Leadfingers

Are E Cigs allowed in Pubs ?


17 Jul 17 - 11:10 AM (#3866608)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Will Fly

E-cigs are indeed allowed in pubs. My opinion is they're just as much a nuisance as cigs - just a personal view. I avoid the vapours (and vapers) as much as possible.

Of course, being a convert to non-smoking (I smoked my last cigarette in 1969), I'm a zealot!


17 Jul 17 - 01:00 PM (#3866636)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Jack Campin

In Scotland pubs can ban vaping if they want. Among the Edinburgh-area pubs I go to, it's banned in Sandy Bells, the Antiquary, the Gait and the Dean in Newtongrange; allowed in the Captains Bar; and the Goth in Prestonpans seems to allow only the less fumy ones.

Bummer because the Captains is my favourite, but I can't face an evening being teargassed.


17 Jul 17 - 08:00 PM (#3866702)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: GUEST,Lin

Is smoking banned in most pubs in Ireland? Here in USA smoking laws are very strict and smoking not allowed in public places, restaurants, bars, etc. I AM GLAD OF THAT!!

All the folk music house concerts I have been to do not allow any smoking at all either (of course that is up to the owner of the home.)
Some home owners do not want you smoking just outside their home either and you would have to go out to the sidewalk (away from the homeowners actual property to smoke) because if people stand just outside the front door it can still drift inside - so that is the reason they want people to walk some distance from the house itself.

Some transit hubs (where multiple bus routes) come into one area usually ban smoking too even though it is outside. You cannot smoke unless you are out of the transit hub area altogether and away from where a lot of people are standing waiting for different bus routes.


17 Jul 17 - 10:27 PM (#3866722)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Sandra in Sydney

E-cigarettes pose health policy conundrum as Australia faces vaping push

For years smoking has been banned in most public areas, including hotels, restaurants, clubs & community centres, the main locations of folk clubs & concerts. Smokers are also discouraged from congregating near these venues.

A couple of years ago our club had to move into the Community Centre's other hall when our hall was double booked due to the booking manager not posting the regular bookings.

We learnt a few days later that the group that took our hall lost their deposit (around $600, twice the fee for use of the hall) & were also fined $700 when one of their members lit up in the grounds underneath the smoke alarm which is linked to the local Fire Brigade. Fire brigades charge for non-emergency call outs so it was a very expensive party that would have been cheaper if they had obeyed lease conditions.

sandra


18 Jul 17 - 12:53 AM (#3866728)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Joe Offer

I have to say that this thread is giving me a craving for cigarettes, scotch, and good music....


18 Jul 17 - 05:45 AM (#3866763)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Will Fly

Joe - I've got the scotch and the good music - just can't help you with the cigarettes.

It's such a temptation on a thread like this to use the (UK) English word "fag" for cigarette. "Fag" has that raspy, chesty, smoky, rather sleazy feel to it - much more evocative than plain "cigarette".

But not in the US!


18 Jul 17 - 05:58 AM (#3866765)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Dave the Gnome

Especially if you go outside to roll a fag, Will.

:D tG


18 Jul 17 - 06:10 AM (#3866767)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Jon Freeman

Hmm, I remember years ago on an online chat commenting that I fancied a fag... As you say, my (UK) English meaning is not the same as a US understanding.


18 Jul 17 - 12:37 PM (#3866868)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Johnny J

Personally, I'd like to see "vaping" banned in all pubs too. Not least because the participants just look ridiculous.

Talking of photographs, there has been a history of air brushing cigarettes from record sleeves.

E.G.
https://www.discogs.com/release/2904428-The-Man-With-A-Rhyme/images

and


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Man-Rhyme-Archie-Fisher/dp/B000008U5S

I believe they've also removed paul McCartney's cigarette from the Abbey Road cover.


19 Jul 17 - 06:07 AM (#3867069)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Dave the Gnome

I gave up smoking years ago but if I was ever to start vaping I would try to find a device that looked like a Sherlock Holmes pipe :-) Those stainless steel modern contraptions do look strange but a good well bent briar would add a certain je ne sai qua!

DtG


19 Jul 17 - 06:19 AM (#3867072)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Will Fly

Ah, but you do realise that the bent briar/meerschaum style pipe was an invention of the actor William Gillette? The original Sidney Paget illustrations showed Holmes smoking a straight-stemmed pipe...


19 Jul 17 - 06:30 AM (#3867073)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Dave the Gnome

Just looked it up, Will. Interesting. The Gillette invention was Holmes using a Calabash pipe as a straight one obscured the actors face. In the books Conan-Doyle mentions three types. Briar, clay and cherry-wood but the shape is never mentioned! Clay would have been straight. I don't think I have ever seen a bent clay although the longer 'churchwarden' ones tend to have a curved stem. The cherry-wood pipes I have seen have generally had quite long straight stems with a curved mouthpiece. That leaves briar and there are loads of different shaped ones of those! Anyones guess as to what C-D had in mind :-)

Cheers

DtG


19 Jul 17 - 06:30 AM (#3867074)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Jon Freeman

Not sure I ever really took to a pipe but probably still have one. My memory may be wrong but I think there were 2 people demonstrating how to fill and stoke one up plus me trying to follow. Whatever, we did produce a cloud of smoke at the bar.


19 Jul 17 - 06:33 AM (#3867075)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Jack Campin

Did Holmes also have a cool vintage cocaine syringe?

Sherlock Holmes took his bottle from the corner of the mantel-piece and his hypodermic syringe from its neat morocco case.   With his long, white, nervous fingers he adjusted the delicate needle, and rolled back his left shirt-cuff. For some little time his eyes rested thoughtfully upon the sinewy forearm and wrist all dotted and scarred with innumerable puncture-marks. Finally he thrust the sharp point home, pressed down the tiny piston, and sank back into the velvet-lined arm-chair with a long sigh of satisfaction.

- The Sign of Four

Must at least have had an ivory plunger.


19 Jul 17 - 10:44 AM (#3867106)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Phil Edwards

I was shocked to see how young the late Mr Boland was (as in, younger than me, and he didn't look it). The article didn't seem to give a cause of death, but it certainly wasn't old age.

I've never smelt anything when somebody vaping was nearby - which I couldn't say of smokers! - and I was under the impression the 'smoke' consisted mainly of water. But I admit I've never been around vapers for extended periods of time - the habit hasn't caught on among folkies in my area.


19 Jul 17 - 11:41 AM (#3867118)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: GUEST,Morris-ey

I saw a programme on the BBC which established that a tobacco cigarette contained about 2000 toxins and an e-cig about 70. What kills smokers is tar and the other noxious products that burning tobacco generates. e-cigs have almost no such chemicals and the "smoke" is water vapour and aromats. Personally, I would not have them in pubs or clubs because of the smell.


19 Jul 17 - 12:34 PM (#3867126)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Jack Campin

The article didn't seem to give a cause of death, but it certainly wasn't old age.

Heart attack. (That is, chronic nicotine poisoning).


19 Jul 17 - 01:06 PM (#3867131)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: punkfolkrocker

For someone like me with over sensitive sinuses and nasal passages...
Cigarettes weren't the only hazardous discomfort in pubs and clubs.

One problem still lingers..

Women and men reeking of strong perfumes.

It makes me itchy and nauseous.. and agitates my stress levels to the verge of aggression...

Fragranced vapes now add to this invisible cloud of toxic chemical warfare agents.... 😣


19 Jul 17 - 01:13 PM (#3867133)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Rusty Dobro

As a life-long non-smoker (the second thing I did on my honeymoon was to ask my wife to give up smoking), I still felt disappointed when I went to my first music session in Ireland to find that the traditional smoke-filled bar was a thing of the past.


19 Jul 17 - 01:29 PM (#3867139)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Will Fly

For many years I played a white Fender Strat in a soul band in Brighton pubs and other venues. I didn't smoke but the pub punters generally did.

When I used to open up my guitar case the morning after a gig, I was hit with the smell of smoke. My pillow stunk of cigarette smoke, as did my hair. (I parked trousers over the stair banisters overnight).

The white Strat gradually turned a golden mellow yellow - probably the same colour as the inside of my lungs at that period.

I cheered when the smoking ban came in...


19 Jul 17 - 02:34 PM (#3867158)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: GUEST,Ed

Is your 'golden mellow yellow' Strat for sale, Will?

Sounds interesting.


19 Jul 17 - 02:43 PM (#3867159)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Jack Campin

"Tobacco sunburst" on guitars has to be one of the weirdest colour schemes ever applied to any product. About as appealing as "gonorrhoeal pus" underwear.


19 Jul 17 - 02:48 PM (#3867161)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: GUEST

And you know this, how?Jack?:-)


19 Jul 17 - 08:37 PM (#3867209)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: JMB

We have several towns where there are by-laws that ban smoking in the downtown core. Smoking in pubs has been banned for almost ten years now. I remember the last night that you could smoke in a pub here.

As for cigs and e-cigs in the folk scene, I smoked off and on over time. I used to have a ritual of having a smoke before and after going on stage. It would help me relax and focus on the music before the show I guess, and afterwards I'm not sure why I would have one.

The physical withdrawal was tough. That's why nicotine replacement therapeutics (or NRT's) help me a lot. I wouldn't be in a physical state of ugh, when quitting smoking. Psychological withdrawal wasn't as bad as it is something that I really wanted to do.


20 Jul 17 - 02:54 AM (#3867224)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Will Fly

Is your 'golden mellow yellow' Strat for sale, Will?

Alas, no - sold it quite a few years ago.


20 Jul 17 - 05:28 AM (#3867245)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: GUEST,Eddie (Cookie lost forever)

Roy Bookbinder would seem to have a very definite opinion on e-cigs:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM2hi7G1xRo

I have been vaping for seven years, to the total exclusion of cigarettes, with a great improvement in my health. Only downer is that my voice has lost a lot of its timbre.
Eddie


20 Jul 17 - 05:38 AM (#3867246)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: JHW

We tolerate most things in folk clubs but surely the absence of stale smoke has been a massive benefit.
Some pubs do ban e-cigs; some ban music. Many e-cigs are barely more than a real cig in size but now you might see almost a saxaphone fag. I'd tend to accept them; I've been surprised by some very unlikely converts and would encourage them not to go back.


20 Jul 17 - 06:13 AM (#3867248)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: MikeL2

Hi

The clubs and their customers are better off without any form of smoking.

I played for years in smoky bars clubs etc.

Although I never ever smoked - not even one cigarette - I was struck with throat cancer. All the medical people I saw blamed passive smoking.

Thankfully I am now clear. So I obviously agree with control over smoking in all establishments.

Cheers

MikeL2


20 Jul 17 - 09:48 AM (#3867298)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: David C. Carter

Never smoked an oily rag in me life.


20 Jul 17 - 10:02 AM (#3867300)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: punkfolkrocker

2 weeks ago we walked past one of the last remaining half decent pubs in town.
the doors and windows were shut, but there was an obvious stench of skunk smoke emanating fro inside the front bar...

Last week we walked past, and a sign on the door said "Closed, opening under new management"..


20 Jul 17 - 12:26 PM (#3867334)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: GUEST,Desi C

As an ex smoker and a somewhat ex heavy drinker I hate to see E-cigs, they just remind me of how much I miss the atmosphere of real smokey old clubs and lots of good ale, PC took it all away nothing E helps in any way to compensate us for the loss


20 Jul 17 - 12:40 PM (#3867337)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: punkfolkrocker

"PC took it all away nothing E helps in any way to compensate us for the loss"

..perhaps and injection of heroin before popping out for an evening... 😜

Me.. I just for the most part packed in going out, and now only binge drink cider, wine, & spirits at home on bank holidays...


20 Jul 17 - 03:57 PM (#3867369)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: GUEST,Joe G

PC?!! It wasn't PC to stop people suffering from the effects of second hand smoke, having to wash clothes after wearing them once, stopping asthmatics and people with other chest problems like me from going into pubs except for those with really good air conditioning or which made the sensible decision to go smoke free before the ban


20 Jul 17 - 11:23 PM (#3867416)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: JMB

Mike, That's a terrible thing. throat cancer, but it's good your'e cleared up. Really good to hear. That's like a friend of mine, he used to allow smoking in his home. He wasn't a smoker himself. He had trouble with his tongue and throat for quite some time. He went to a specialist and they said that 95% of her cancer patients were smokers. He may have exaggerated a bit if you knew this friend of mine, as that's a high number and he does embellish the truth with many, many things. Now he doesn't allow smoking in his home whatsoever. He's clear, but it was a scare for sure.


21 Jul 17 - 12:12 AM (#3867418)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: punkfolkrocker

While we are on this subject, 20 years ago, a friend of mine in his early 30s...
A very popular pin-up handsome guitarist in an East London rock covers band.
He was a non smoker.
Just about every one else in the band, pubs, & parties were heavy smokers... [me included to a lesser extent - if you can't beat 'em, join 'em]

He was suddenly diagnosed with throat cancer, and dead within a few weeks.

His funeral was the last time I ever smoked anything.

At the pub wake, a bunch of us sat round a table smoking and looked at each other and spontaneously agreed...

"This is the last cigarette"

Don't know about the others, I lost touch with them 15 years ago.

But I stuck permanently to that vow.


21 Jul 17 - 03:12 AM (#3867428)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Senoufou

In my view, any kind of smoking (cigarette or vaping) should be banned everywhere except in the addicts' houses. Not in any public building, pub, outside the main door of Tesco, nor outside shops. Not at bus stops, in the street or in buses or taxis.
I don't see why I should be forced to inhale toxic chemicals (and there are these even in vapour, though in smaller amounts than cigarette smoke) as I walk about. Nor do I wish to smell strong odours of various vaping flavours. I want my air clean and unpolluted thank you.

Vaping uses nicotine, which hardens blood vessels, causes 'stiff arteries' and thus strokes/heart attacks. Another reason why I don't want it in my lungs.

Regarding strong perfume, I strongly agree. Very inconsiderate to make everyone smell overpowering scent. It affects asthmatics, and makes some people nauseous.


21 Jul 17 - 08:26 AM (#3867479)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: McGrath of Harlow

I think it's 30 years since I smoked. Never really missed it.

I'm with Dave though in quite liking the idea of a vape pipe. Cigarette's always look seedy, a pipe has a reliability about it, however spurious.   

If you're going to be puffing something, vaping is clearer safer than smoking. Put preferably nothing with nicotine in it.


21 Jul 17 - 08:58 AM (#3867492)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Jack Campin

As a bystander, I'd rather be sitting next to a cigarette smoker than a vaper any day. Vape fumes make my eyes and lungs burn for days. Second-hand cigarette smoke stinks my clothes up but the effect on my body isn't as long-lasting.

If I see even one person in a pub with an e-cig I have to walk out.


21 Jul 17 - 09:20 AM (#3867496)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Senoufou

We sometimes go to a huge branch of Asda in a rather poorer district of Norwich. We only go there to get very reasonably-priced turkey legs to freeze.
Outside the door stand at least about fifteen people, (customers and workers) puffing away on either e cigs or real ones. The air is like a pea-souper fog and the stench unbearable, but one has to pass through it to get inside. I take a huge breath like someone diving under the sea, and whizz past. My husband pulls his Muslim hat over his nose and mouth as if there's been a chemical leak at a biological warfare factory. We must look daft, but we just can't bear it. Neither of us has ever smoked in our entire lives.


21 Jul 17 - 09:50 AM (#3867511)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: punkfolkrocker

If folks are still desperately craving for nicotine in public places & spaces,
what is wrong with supping nicotine enhanced drinks..
do they exist, if not why not...???

They had their chewing gums and patches, before this fad for defiant cigarette ban busting vaping...

and all the dodgy looking vape shops occupying previously empty shops in depressed high streets..

I guess it's a profitable option for owners of now outlawed legal high businesses...????


21 Jul 17 - 02:59 PM (#3867563)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: MikeL2

Hi JMB

Thanks for the kind comments.

Passive smoking a danger that many people are not aware of....and many are but underestimate the problems.

A more famous example is the one of British musician and entertainer Roy Castle who contacted cancer and fought it bravely and publicly to try to warn people of the problems. His wife and family set up a fund to try to prevent passive smoking.

I am one of the lucky ones....I survived but only after much worry and concern for me and my family.

Regards

MikeL2


21 Jul 17 - 03:10 PM (#3867567)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: McGrath of Harlow

Nicotie containing drinks do exist.
See here.
I can see serious risks - I would rather expect they'll get banned in the UK.


21 Jul 17 - 04:56 PM (#3867581)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Jack Campin

My mum used to soak a few cigarette ends in a glass of water to make a spray to kill blackfly. So I guess you could drink it.


21 Jul 17 - 05:53 PM (#3867595)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch

Tsk, tsk & tut. Fifty (count 'em, 50) posts and no Trump-hate? Where are all my Astroturfers®?

Should e-cigarettes be exempt from FDA rules? A House panel says yes

Turn in your carpet stretchers on the way out... slackers!

The only person I know that for sure had issues with e-cigs melted her favorite, everyday purse and all that was in it at the time. Lithium-ion go pffft!

If you do step outside to "…inhale some nicotine..." between sets, be sure you are known to the venue's doorman and you have your Wristband (YT: P. Simon).


22 Jul 17 - 05:10 AM (#3867651)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: GUEST,Desi C

I do of course welcome the health benefits of smokeless folk clubs, but I miss the atmosphere that the smoke provided, that has gone and never been replaced. certainly these silly vapour ciggy things just make people look pathetic. Could not somebody invent some kind of safe but fake smoke, that could perhaps be released at the start of the evening and disappear naturally after a few hour?


22 Jul 17 - 06:42 AM (#3867661)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Senoufou

What about dry ice? The stuff they use in theatre pantomimes. Non-toxic and provides an air of mystery and magic.

I know what you mean by atmosphere. In the black-and-white video of the Pogues 'Fairytale of New York', the Irish musicians are smoking fit to bust. It seems to fit with the sleazy lyrics of the song.


22 Jul 17 - 07:04 AM (#3867662)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: punkfolkrocker

Predating vapes are industrial strength stage & disco smoke machines...

I remember a restaurant meal that was ruined by random puffs of dense pungent perfumed smoke being inflicted to create fake 'atmosphere'... 😒

Sadly, cheap Chinese smoke machines are now too easily available to enhance the fun of kiddies & grown ups house parties..


22 Jul 17 - 11:18 AM (#3867699)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Johnny J

When I moved into my first flat, a friend advised to get some ash trays.
"Just because you don't smoke, it doesn't mean other people don't"

It all sounded very reasonable then. Thank goodness, things have changed. Smokers go out on the balcony now.


22 Jul 17 - 12:13 PM (#3867708)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: GUEST,Morris-ey

Senoufou, in reverse order:


"What about dry ice? The stuff they use in theatre pantomimes. Non-toxic and provides an air of mystery and magic" - dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide which is toxic to air breathers;

"We sometimes go to a huge branch of Asda in a rather poorer district of Norwich" - do you travel by motor vehicle? Is it fuelled by diesel or petrol or by batteries which use noxious chemicals in production?

I don't see why I should be forced to inhale toxic chemicals (and there are these even in vapour, though in smaller amounts than cigarette smoke) as I walk about. Nor do I wish to smell strong odours of various vaping flavours. I want my air clean and unpolluted thank you" - yet we should suffer your use of motor vehicles, the use of motor vehicles that deliver to the Asda store that you use, your use of gas and electricity which also produces greenhouse gas and so on.

In the grand scheme of things, a minority of smokers or vapers cause less social and ecological harm than you do.


22 Jul 17 - 03:45 PM (#3867748)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: punkfolkrocker

Morris-ey - I'm a life long pedestrian, cyclist, user of public transport..
never learned to drive or ride anything with an engine...

So I'll stand up instead for Sen's complaints about fag & vape addicts...


22 Jul 17 - 05:57 PM (#3867772)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: GUEST,Morris-ey

I use a bicycle on a daily basis. Fag smoke and vape is almost impossible to inhale in other than enclosed spaces, and I have already said that I do not want either in such environments, but to claim that people indulging in either in open space is harmful is incredible. Internal combustion engines pollute far, far more than smokers and it is hypocritical of senoufou to condemn smokers and vapers whist availing herself of far more polluting vehicles.


22 Jul 17 - 07:23 PM (#3867787)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: punkfolkrocker

"Fag smoke and vape is almost impossible to inhale in other than enclosed spaces...but to claim that people indulging in either in open space is harmful is incredible"

Well I inhabit a flesh and blood body that reacts allergically to fag smoke and vapes in public open spaces..

Walking past or behind both in the street is a real discomfort, not immediate life or death I grant you,
but still unpleasant enough to affect my sinuses, stress levels and mood..,

Then there are bus and railway shelters on rainy days, they are not enclosed, just one wall and a roof,
but crammed with smokers and vapers, puffing away as selfish as they can possibly be...

Pub beer gardens, cafe terraces...

...and... etc...etc.... all outdoors in public spaces...

In fact pub beer gardens are worse now since the fag smoking ban...

That's mainly why I'm at home on a summer saturday night drinking supermarket booze in front of the telly..

[well.. until I fell asleep on the sofa a couple of hours ago...]


12 Nov 17 - 08:13 PM (#3888233)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Bugsy

ALL forms of smoking are banned in Pubs , beer gardens, and for that matter, any public building , park or beach in Australia. You're not allowed to smoke within 5 metres of any doorway. You can't smoke in your car if you are carrying children.

I believe we may well become the first smoke free country

Cheers
5
Bugsy


14 Nov 17 - 05:36 AM (#3888496)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Mr Red

nicotine is an immuno-suppressant. Fact.

But a damn sight safer than the tar in cigarette smoke. Research is slowly filtering through.

I have to confess I don't like the flavours that you get a whiff of - strawberry ie. And I have noticed some vapers seem to need a hell of a lot of vapour - they are like a steam train starting on an up grade.

I would assume they are heavy smokers substituting extra volume to get the same hit.

FWIW company cars in the UK are classified as company buildings for the purposes of the law.


14 Nov 17 - 05:46 AM (#3888500)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: SPB-Cooperator

In the bad old days, more than once I have had meals ruined in restaurants where ignoramuses who don't smoke while they are eating themselves decide to create as much stench as they can once they have finished.


14 Nov 17 - 06:07 AM (#3888503)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: JHW

'I have to confess I don't like the flavours that you get a whiff of - strawberry ie. And I have noticed some vapers seem to need a hell of a lot of vapour - they are like a steam train starting on an up grade.'

Agree but still think this an improvement on my wardrobe reeking of stale tobacco and having to breath in used smoke to sing.
I gave up smoking in my college days, tried a pipe but found it no help. I didn't mind the smell of pipe tobacco.
A regular at the Britannia FC, pipe smoker, never came again when smoking was banned.


14 Nov 17 - 06:08 AM (#3888504)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: GUEST,Derrick

FWIW company cars in the UK are classified as company buildings for the purposes of the law.

Another law that is totally ignored.
I see drivers and passengers smoking in work and company vehicles every day,I've yet to see a single prosecution reported in the press.


15 Nov 17 - 03:58 AM (#3888638)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: GUEST,Some bloke

Most pubs don?t allow vaping, and it really depends on a combination of interpretation of their licence conditions and whether a few smokers put off a lot of normal respectable customers.

There is no excuse whatsoever for smoking or vaping around unsuspecting people who don?t wish to inhale nicotine. Forget any argument over health etc, it?s far more simple than that. You should be able to go out these days and not be exposed to other people?s ignorance or addiction. Same as running the gauntlet of smokers immediately outside the door of a pub.

Vaping appears to have a lower incidence of oncological occurrence but don?t forget that it hasn?t been around long enough for robust public health epidemiology. My own opinion (I?ve been involved in smoking cessation work over the years) is that as a weaning off product, vaping has an excellent advantage. The problem is two fold; replacement rather than withdrawal and, tragically, children and young adults getting into nicotine addiction through using them as lifestyle appendages.

Smoking was common place up till comparatively recently. That doesn?t mean it is to be encouraged now though. It?s like saying that we gave thalidomide to pregnant women in 1962 so why not now?


25 Sep 19 - 04:46 PM (#4010513)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: keberoxu

Charlie Baker, governor of the state of Massachusetts,
has now pronounced a four-month ban on vaping. Period.

The four months, if I read the press release right,
were to allow the medical/health experts to evaluate the situation,
with health problems that have included fatalities,
and then to base their position on what has been learned.


26 Sep 19 - 06:28 AM (#4010594)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: GUEST,Brian Grayson

I smoke. Mea maxima culpa. Where smoking is banned, I don't smoke - seems fairly obvious, OK?

Now, I don't drive. So could anyone who drives a petrol or Diesel vehicle kindly stay at least 100 metres away from anywhere I happen to be? Fair enough?


26 Sep 19 - 07:41 AM (#4010605)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Jack Campin

I'm sufficiently sensitive to vape fumes that my eyes and throat can burn for a couple kf days after exposure to concentrations too low for me to smell. I only work out why I'm feeling ill when it's too late to do anything about it. (Cigarette smoke is nowhere near as bad).

In my experience, very few vapers are willing to desist if I see they've got the equipment and ask them not to use it. Their addiction prevents them empathizing with the injury they're causing to others.


27 Sep 19 - 12:29 PM (#4010814)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: leeneia

It's years since I've been near a cigarette.


27 Sep 19 - 12:59 PM (#4010815)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Steve Shaw

I was terribly addicted to smoking until I very suddenly gave up at 8.05pm on Feb 21 1978. I have touched nothing smokeable since that day. I'd be long dead had I carried on. I must say, if you want to make yourself look a complete tw*t, just walk around using one of those ridicuous-looking six-inch articulated vape pipes.


27 Sep 19 - 04:56 PM (#4010847)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: weerover

Boasted to colleagues a few weeks ago that despite five decades of smoking I had never had a day off sick in my fifteen years in teaching, and for some time before that. Three days later I had a stroke: smoking was the most likely obvious factor.


13 Nov 19 - 02:57 PM (#4018945)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: keberoxu

Now People magazine has feature stories
on what vaping has done to a seventeen-year-old.

they're calling it EVALI

EVALI, I gather, is
E-cigarette Vaping Associated Lung Injury ,
and the words "product use" are abbreviated/omitted in there somewhere.

"a senseless type of product that needs to be fought?


16 Nov 19 - 01:25 PM (#4019587)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: leeneia

The US has seen 29 deaths and 2000+ hospitalizations linked with vaping. There has been quite a bit of fear about it, including orders to sellers of nicotine vape products to desist.

Turns out that the sufferers had vaped the addictive oil in marijuana (THC?), but somebody in the supply line had "cut" it with Vitamin E. Turns out that Vitamin E, burned and inhaled, is extremely toxic.

Most said that had bought the product from a friend or on the street. (Call that a friend?) Some said they got it from a legitimate outlet, but I personally doubt it.

Apparently, if a confirmed smoker who has no hope of stopping switches from cigarettes to vaping, the vaping is better for them. So in that way, I am glad the matter is cleared up.

I have nothing but contempt for those who try to get the young started vaping.


31 Jan 20 - 12:46 PM (#4031372)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: GUEST,keberoxu

The teenager in the USA, referenced in the 13 November 2019 post,
breaks his anonymity, following initial recovery from
a life-saving double-lung transplant.   

Daniel Ament in Time magazine


31 Jan 20 - 03:46 PM (#4031391)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Steve Shaw

Vin Garbutt told us about a club he once played at. He was affected by smoke and expressed his concern to the organiser. He was told not to worry because they'd installed a new powerful extractor fan in the folk club room. When he started the gig he discovered that the extractor fan had been placed in the wall behind the stage, so all the smoke in the room got sucked in his direction...

We did suspect at times that Vin made a bit of stuff up to get his laughs... :-)


31 Jan 20 - 06:37 PM (#4031430)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Jack Campin

I used to go to a session, before the smoking ban, in a pub where lots of punters smoked. It was so bad that when I got home I'd have to throw all my clothes into the washing machine and have a shower before going to bed or I'd smell like an ashtray. The pub had a recirculating filter in the ceiling which did help quite a bit with breathability. But it emitted a shatteringly loud mains motor hum. An A flat drone as loud as a bagpipe is not a great addition to the Scottish dance tune repertoire.


31 Jan 20 - 06:50 PM (#4031437)
Subject: RE: cigs and e-ecigs in the folk scene
From: Steve Shaw

After sessions in pre-ban days I hung out all my clothes on the washing line outside for an hour if it wasn't raining to get the fag smell out. While I was waiting, I'd drink a large mug of tea and hunt out the house supply of any available biscuits. I put all my harmonicas on a tray and put them outside, ditto. Failing that I had to wait until the next day. We are now far more civilised.