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Nebulophilia: What And How?

What is nebulophilia, and how does it develop? Do you have it? Read this if you're wondering!

If you’re new to this, you may be wondering what some of the words used on this website mean. If this is the case for you, you’re in the right place!


1a: Fog machine
1a: Fog machine
1b: Industrial plant chimney smoking
1b: Industrial plant chimney smoking

A nebulophile is aroused by smoke, fog and/or steam. Nebulophiles may be aroused by situations or media including, but not limited to:

  • Fog machines
  • Steam engines
  • Cold starts/seafoam videos
  • Smoking chimneys
  • Etc.

Of course, this may vary from person to person. For example, I like looking at all of them, but black smoke doesn’t do it for me at all (for example with some diesel cold starts). The denser the smoke is, the better!

Smoking Fetish

2a: Woman in bunny suit smoking a cigarette
2a: Woman in bunny suit smoking a cigarette
2b: Picture in grayscale of man smoking a cigarette
2b: Picture in grayscale of man smoking a cigarette

Now, some of you may be confused. What about smoking fetish? Shouldn’t it also be in the list, then? There’s little overlap, but the answer would still be no. Smoking fetish is about watching someone consume tobacco (behavior), whereas nebulophiles want more smoke and concentrate more on the density and smoke flow. So smoking fetishists don’t necessarily have to be nebulophiles, nor would nebulophiles have to be smoking fetishists. This must make it all-the-more confusing!

This website isn’t focused on smoking fetish as it doesn’t do it for me (unless it’s vaping if it produces nice big clouds). That said, I might add links to help anyone finding a nice community dedicated to remotely similar fetishes.

Exhaust Fetish

3: Steamy exhaust
3: Steamy exhaust

Someone with an exhaust fetish may be attracted by being behind/having sex with a car’s exhaust, but I’d say it does also have some overlap with nebulophilia if the main turn-on is by the smoke/steam itself. It depends what the person is turned on by in this case. Some are also turned on by the smell and warmth of the exhaust gases, while others like being covered in black soot as their partner is revving the car. The idea of polluting nature may also be a factor in this.

This website focuses mainly on smoking exhausts in this case, so if you’re into that, you’re in the right place!

How Does It All Develop?

How do these fetishes even develop? As far as I understand, there’s still no real evidence, but there are some theories I found that seem very reasonable to me (some backed by my experiences):

  • Imprinting: This one usually happens with a traumatic experience in early childhood. This experience is then stuck in your brain, and the brain turns the traumatic experience into a pleasant one as a coping mechanism. There you go! A fetish has born.
  • Classical Conditioning: A connection is made by having sexual stimuli and a fetish object being there at the same time.
  • Displacement: Lack of emotional support by the parents can lead someone to seek adult desires in inanimate objects.
  • Neurological: ‘Simply’ by creating links between objects and sex!

Source: Huffington Post

Imprinting is most likely what happened to me: I was around four years old and my father’s car broke down. The car smoked like crazy as my father was revving it, the sight and sounds being very intimidating to this young soul.
Around a year later, I was on the stage at a family member’s wedding party, where I got smoked by a fog machine. I wasn’t afraid for some reason and found it all quite fun. Now I’m aroused by seafoam and cold start videos, revving, smoke from fog machines and chimneys too. And now I love it all!

Is It Normal? Should I Worry/Do Something About It?

While I wouldn’t say it’s the norm to have this fetish, I also wouldn’t say it’s something to worry about. As long as you’re not hurting anyone, aren’t doing anything illegal and are using your common sense, just have fun!

Should you do something about it? That depends. If you feel that your fetish is impeding with your work or you feel it’s getting out of control in other ways (health for example), I’d suggest finding someone to talk to. But otherwise, the biggest step you can make is to accept it as a part of who you are.

Since the amount of people who admit having these fetishes is low, it may feel like you’re the only one out there. But the fact is, we’re out there! Feel free sending me an e-mail if you want to. You can find it on the Chat and Contact page, or the about section of my YouTube channel.

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[1a]: Image by Audio Luci Store from Flickr
[1b]: Image by miradil from Pixabay
[2a]: Image by PAUL SOSO from Pixabay
[2b]: Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay
[3]: Image by UBC Micrometeorology from Flickr