Do you have what it takes to be a competitive vaper?
Are you constantly attempting to out-do your friends with Thor-sized clouds of vapour? It seems as though there might be a special place for your talents.
The growing popularity of "cloud chasing," or competitive vaping, has now been granted some added legitimacy through a feature that ran in the Wall Street Journal last week.
Cloud competitions bring vapour enthusiasts together as they attempt to one-up each other with the density and size of their vapour clouds -- much to the delight of the cloud gazers, or their audience members.
According to the Wall Street Journal, this is hardly a novelty fair game. What started out as informal contests in vape shops across the U.S. has now taken on the scope of a global phenomenon.
"In less than two years, the sport has adopted all the trappings of professional athletics," it states. "It not only has fans but teams, sponsors and cash prizes."
What's more, cloud chasing isn't necessarily a trivial pursuit. Some competitive vapers emphasise the hobby's large role in helping them trash their cigarette habits for good -- "it’s basically an antismoking rally," said Erik Hutchinson, founder of AmeraVape Technologies, to the Wall Street Journal.
Of course, not all vapers embrace this strange little niche of ecigarette enthusiasts. Some worry that these spectacles will give vapers a bad name during a time when ecigarettes are already under intense scrutiny.
As Spike Babaian, founder of the National Vapers Club and co-owner of Vape New York, told Newsweek, “There’s something to be said for not making a spectacle," though “it’s more of an anti-douchebag thing than an anti-fogger thing.”
However, many cloud chasers insist that they keep things polite and considerate by asking establishments for permission first.