A client and I have been conversing over the past couple of days about vaping. I think I convinced her to give vaping a try. Well, she had a question that I think is good enough to blog on.
Her question was if blowing tobacco smoke to the spirits as an offering is dangerous to one's health. The answer is of course yes. Most workers will use cigar smoke in this fashion. People who smoke cigars have low rates of lung cancer compared to cigarette smokers. However, their rates of oral cancers are the same as that of cigarette smokers. So yes, taking any tobacco smoke in any form into your mouth, regardless if you inhale it into your lungs or not, is dangerous to your health. On the bright side there's a solution!
When I transitioned to vaping from smoking I told my spirits that I would no longer offer them burning cigarettes, burning tobacco, and I would no longer blow smoke to them as an offering. Instead I will offer them loose tobacco, unlit cigarettes (often a pack), and make offerings by blowing vapor. All of my spirits I work with have accepted these terms.
So if you are a smoker that is trying to transition to vaping and thus no longer want to use tobacco in any form you can try a similar approach. I think most spirits would understand. However, if by chance you have a stubborn spirit that just won't accept anything but the "real deal" then perhaps make a compromise and burn tobacco outside for them. This is just a suggestion of course!