Since most of the world is still new to electronic cigarettes, you are automatically an ambassador of sorts for the device when you choose to vape in public. In many ways, you are actually helping to create a perception about the device, especially for people who are seeing it for the first time. Non-smokers are always annoyed when someone lights up an analog, even if there is no ban in place. Using an e-cigarette may be allowed in certain public places, but it doesn’t mean people are always going to be comfortable with it. To avoid misconceptions with e-cigs, the vaping community does have a few unspoken rules in place that help people view the device in a positive light. Let’s take a look at some of the etiquette involved in the use of electronic cigarettes.
Use Your Discretion
This is exactly what some e-cig companies such as Skycig advise their customers to do. According to commercial director Damien Scott, “They’re (e-cigs) not covered by the smoking ban. But use your discretion in public places. In enclosed spaces you should ask permission first so that you’re not exhaling vapor everywhere.”
What you need to understand is that when you use an electronic cigarette, it might be cause for genuine concern and alarm in someone who is not familiar with the device. Not everyone is aware of the positive aspects of e-cigarettes. So while you know that what you exhale is nothing but water vapor, the guy next to you thinks of it as harmful smoke. Most people are mistrusting of the device that so resembles tobacco cigarettes that they would prefer it not be used around them.
So what do you do when an establishment doesn’t carry any signs about e-smoking? A good rule of thumb would be to ask the business owner, and respect their decision if the answer is no. You could of course, explain to them the differences between e-cigs and regular ones, politely asking them to reconsider. Even if you are at an establishment that allows vaping and someone sitting next to you seems uncomfortable or requests you to stop vaping, the best thing to do would be to respect their request. At work, it is a good idea to inform your colleagues about what you are doing. Smokers have been notorious because of a few rude ones who blow their tobacco smoke right into people’s faces. But since vaping is so new, the opportunity still exists for the community to create a positive view of this culture.
The construction and workings of an e-cigarette might seem very simple to you, especially if you are a seasoned vaper. However, the device probably looks like something dangerous to the uninitiated. You might find yourself in several situations where you are asked to explain what the device is and why it’s okay for you to use it in public. In such situations, it is a good idea to educate the people around you, but you must learn to do it respectfully. Avoid using jargon that newbies may find intimidating. Instead, use the simplest terms possible to explain how an e-cigarette works. The best thing to tell people is that the device contains liquid nicotine which is vaporized by a heating filament; you inhale it and exhale water vapor into the air around you. You could also explain that no toxic chemicals go into the making of an e-cigarette. Arming yourself with the local law might be helpful as well. That way, you could always inform someone that what you are doing is legally permitted.