Why is smoking so popular in gothic clubs
One of the problems of going to gothic clubs, if you are a non-smoker, is how often they are full of smoke. Thankfully, it is now a little bit better with many places having introduced a smoking ban, meaning that there isn’t a lot of smoke going around, but you will still find plenty of people constantly going to the smoking area of which ever club it is. And woe-betide if the club has an indoor area, because thick smoke will often drift around the whole area.
Also, it does seem that most of the Goths you meet will either be smokers, or have smoked in the past. It’s almost like it’s some kind of unavoidable part of the scene.
Maybe it all starts in Childhood
Like it or not, sometimes the reason that people decide to become Goths is because of the whole teenage rebellion thing. With this, as smoking can be seen as one thing that can really annoy the parents, there is a clear start to why some Goths may have started smoking in the first place.
This, of course, isn’t the case for every goth smoker, and it would be foolish to presume this is why someone smokes the first time you meet them. However, it is just one of many explanations as to why it seems that so many people do.
One of the more superficial reasons to smoke, but it is there. There is something that looks kind of cool about a guy (or a woman) in full Victorian clothing smoking along a pipe. This is also one of the leading causes of thick smoke in clubs.
Plus, pipes do tend to lend themselves naturally to having gothic designs on them, and it is possible to get pipes with items on them such as dragons, skulls, and other such designs that people might consider gothic.
And on a similar view, it is also possible to get some lighters with amazing gothic designs on them. From Zippos designed with words and symbols from favourite bands, to stick lighters with more elegant and yet still cool designs.
One of the things about smoking, and this is also true within the goth community, is that it is actually quite a good way to meet people
It normally starts at the smoking area, asking people if anyone has a lighter. From there, it is almost like having an invitation to be able to start a conversation. In fact, this is one of the things that many ex-smokers find themselves missing about smoking. Thankfully, however, there is help at hand for these kinds of people.
Goths switching over to E-cigs
Although still not proven completely safe yet, Ecigs are a viable and (very extremely incredibly) likely safe alternative to smoking. And now, the smoking area of goth clubs, and any goth meetups, are also full of people who are puffing away on e-liquid filled items, in an attempt to gain the same social connection and the same feeling of smoking without having to partake in tobacco and all of the harmful substances that comes with that.
In fact, there are even e-cigs being made now with gothic designs, and there even exists an online shop selling Gothic Vapors (although, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of difference between the eliquids sold on this site and those sold on other sites).
As someone who is a recovering smoker themselves, the ecig phenomena is actually well worth trying to get into if you are a smoker who is looking to give it up. You don’t have to be the stereotype of the smoking, rebelling goth any more.
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