Congratulations! So you’ve made the switch from analogs (traditional cigarettes) and entered into the vast world of vaping. No longer do you have to roll down the window in the middle of winter to let that smog out or step outside after a huge satisfying meal. You’re no longer out of breath after extraneous activity and don’t reek of stink after a few drags during your lunch break. Fantastic! I’m excited, you’re excited, but we’re not all excited… Not everyone feels the same way as you do outside of your own home. As a community we must follow the basic rule: Don’t vape where you can’t smoke!
Why not? It doesn’t smell. There’s no danger of secondhand smoke. Vapor dissipates and doesn’t leave a lingering smell. So why can’t we take a few puffs during Happy Hour at Applebee’s?! Simple answer is we want to be courteous of others and the owner(s) of the establishment.
Not everyone is informed as we are about what exactly an electronic cigarette is. Cigarettes have been demonized for decades; the very fact that it’s called an electronic cigarette and produces a opaque vapor during exhale has many misinformed individuals terrified.
Now you may be thinking this isn’t your problem it’s the problem of the misinformed! The soccer moms and the PTA parents! Regardless of what our opinions may be rules are rules and this is especially important during a time of mass misinformation in the media. Not to mention our elected officials wanting to tax high percentages (seriously more than 70%) on all vaping products. We don’t want our average Jane/Joe to hold a personal vendetta when you blow clouds in their and especially their children’s faces!
Now some establishments (especially bars) have weighed in and allowed vaping indoors. I personally always ask the bartender or the manager on duty whether it is okay or not. It is a privilege to be able to vape indoors and like most privileges it can be taken away if it is abused. I’m talking to the high powered vape MOD users (myself included) out there!!! Leave your fog machine at home and instead bring your vape pen that gets the job done but doesn’t turn your local watering hole into a rave at a nightclub.
Nothing will get indoor vaping banned faster than the smoke detector getting set off from the huge clouds out of sub-ohming mech mod (personal vaporizer that has the ability to push out enormous clouds of vapor).
Be smart and be courteous when vaping in public and always remember Don’t vape where you can’t smoke! But other than that, enjoy your newly found smoke free lifestyle!