There is a San Diego school teacher named David Hansen who goes by the name of Vaping Jezus, and he has a considerable following among the California vaping community. When the State Assembly was recently debating the issues of vaping on airplanes, raising the legal smoking age to 21, and labeling all vaping devices and e-cigs as tobacco products, Hansen threw on his robe and sash and decided to express his wrath.
Okay, he wasn’t really wrathful, in the biblical sense. In fact, the colorful vaping advocate was downright professional and even a bit eloquent. As he stated in a town hall meeting, Hansen feels that vape shop owners in California are being unfairly targeted for an onslaught of new government regulations and taxation in the event that these current bills are not vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Of course, they have to pass the state Senate first, but most insiders agree that the bills will likely sail through without a hitch.
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Vaping Jezus is also a two-time vape shop owner. So, this self-proclaimed prophet of the vaping industry seems to really knows his stuff. In one of his statements, he says that the government is trying to “demonize vaping” by classifying all e-cigs and vaping products as tobacco. He goes on to point out that none of these products contain tobacco of any kind whatsoever. Therefore, the proposed legislation is simply preposterous. It doesn’t even make sense.
Hensen then states that e-cigs and some e-liquids contain nicotine in miniscule amounts compared to the levels found in traditional tobacco cigarettes. And nicotine is not tobacco. In fact, lots of different earthly plants contain nicotine, including tomatoes, potatoes, and something called a belladonna plant. Vaping Jezus asks California politicians if their next regulations are going to be aimed at nicotine-laced vegetation as well.
Now, Vaping Jezus should not be confused with that rather annoying wannabe, the self-proclaimed “Vape God” from Instagram. David Hansen appears to be a well-spoken, authoritative, and knowledgeable vape shop owner who just happens to wear funny clothes and long hair. In fact, he may be one of the smartest guys in the room. By calling himself Vaping Jezus, he seems to know that marketing is all about public perception.