For three days now vapers have been taking to the social networks to protest against an EU ban on electronic cigarettes. (Were you there?)
Starting at 9pm the last three days (and again tonight) vapers have been tweeting using the hashtag #euecigban.
And on Sunday vapers were so successful they outranked Xfactor, one of the most popular hashtags on Twittter.
The maximum number of tweets the #xfactor hashtag received in one hour was just 630, compared to around 18,000 for #euecigban.
As you can see from the languages used in the sample tweets below, it’s not just UK vapers taking part:
Vapers are using Twitter to express their anger, with many saying they will change their vote to defend their right to vape.
I asked on Twitter:
Would you vote for a party that would ban vaping? #EUecigBAN
— The Smoker's Angel (@thesmokersangel) December 1, 2013
And got the following replies:
What about you? It’s well worth sharing your views, following evidence that the EU are monitoring ecig tweets.
Join us tonight at 5pm (when the thunderclap goes out) and at 9pm when the next tweet fest is planned.
If you can’t make it in time, just use a free service like hootsuite to schedule some tweets.
Petition Reaches 17,000
Meanwhile, a petition against the #EUEcigBan has reached 17,000 signatures within just DAYS of starting.
If you haven’t signed it yet, please sign it here. Just as important as signing it is sharing it – Avaaz.org gives many options for sharing – please use them.
Thunderclap Scheduled For Tonight
Tonight there will also be a thunderclap.
Using the thunderclap app, hundreds of vapers with combined followers of over 200,000 will send out a tweet simultaneously.
It’s not too late to join in – click here to check it out!
Will you be on Twitter tonight?