Are you a polite vaper or a public cloud chaser?
Hopefully, you’re the former and not the latter. Although ecigarettes continue to gain popularity in the eyes of the public, they’re not completely accepted yet. Because the vapor from an e cigarette resembles cigarette smoke, some people still perceive vaping as smoking. How can we change that?
It’s a tough concept for many to accept, but in situations like this, perception is reality. As vapers, we owe it to ourselves to maintain a positive reputation as sophisticated, savvy consumers who live responsibly. The more public support the e cigarette industry can harness, the better the outcome will be for all of us. And it starts with having good manners…
When you’re anywhere that’s not your home or a place just for vapers, follow these do’s and don’ts to avoid bringing negative attention to yourself and the electronic cigarette industry as a whole.
Don’t vape in front of children. E-cigarettiquette may be a mouthful, but that’s nothing compared to the mouthful you’ll get from a momma bear trying to keep her innocent kids… innocent. E-cigarettes are for adults.
Don’t proudly exhale a large, obtrusive cloud of vapor in public locations (even if vaping is permitted). This is called “cloud chasing” and it’s just obnoxious. If you’re a cloud chaser, do it at home or at organized events.
Don’t vape inside a restaurant. Unless you know the place is vapor friendly, take your ecig outside.
Don’t EVER exhale vapor in someone’s face (unless they give you permission)
Don’t vape in any theatre, whether it’s a live performance or a film. Exhaling clouds of vapor in a dark room with a projector or spotlights will annoy the crap out of everyone else. Plus, most e-cigarettes have tips that light up, potentially causing distractions for both performers and the rest of the audience. Wait for intermission or go to the back of the movie theatre for a quick puff.
Don’t be pretentious around current smokers – just because you’re a vaper now doesn’t mean you’re better. Educate but don’t be pushy.
Do ask before you vape in public – if someone is close enough for you to poke them with a walking stick, ask if they mind you taking a puff.
Do ask before you vape inside a store, restaurant, bar, etc. If you’re met with hesitation, take the chance to educate. If the answer is no, don’t flip out; just go outside or take your business elsewhere.
Do exhale a moderate mist of vapor in public locations where vaping is permitted – anything more than that and you’ll prove to be a distracting, obnoxious human being.
Do practice “stealth vaping” when you’re in public. Show respect for others by NOT drawing attention to yourself and your e cigarette. Try a shorty battery from V2® to get your stealth on…
Do educate anyone who has questions about your ecig – send them to v2cigs.com or share your own, personal knowledge; just make sure you’ve got your facts straight.
Do share your personal story with curious folk – there’s so much value in being able to relate with someone else…
Do tell people about V2®!
Do enjoy your ecig when vaping is appropriate!
NOTE: Some vapers will disagree with a few of these “rules”, arguing that e-cigarettes are nothing like traditional cigarettes and we should be able to enjoy them when, where and how we want. But the reality is we can’t; at least not yet. Let’s work on establishing a good reputation, first. Do what you want with your e cigarette at home. But when you’re in the eyes of the public, keep it classy and respect others.
When you’re in public, remember: Don’t be a cloud chaser. Do be a sophisticated vaper.
What are your thoughts on this subject?