As vaping gets more and more popular there have been some valid questions about what is really considered to be the vaping etiquette. Taking the approach that you can use it anywhere because they aren’t banned isn’t the best course of action to take. To make life simpler, here are a few tips about vaping in public places.
Tip #1 – Check the local law
A public place is anywhere that anyone can go. This can even include sidewalks, cafes, parks and movie theaters. Some states do ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places such as: New York, Massachusetts, Washington, California and Louisiana. Many other states are voting on bans in the near future so it pays to always keep up with the latest changes in the law so you don’t get in trouble.
Tip #2 – Ask before you vape
If you are in a public place such as a bar or club, ask the staff if it is alright to vape before you do so. Ask in restaurants as well. You don’t want to ask the other patrons as they may give you permission (or tell you no) when management has a different policy. When it comes to public places like bars that are also private businesses, the ownership of the business can prohibit vaping even if there isn’t a ban in the state.
Tip #3 – Don’t vape where the air is recirculated
The air in movies and air planes is recirculated. That is a part of how they can manage the temperature and still provide you with clean air to breather. E-liquid does create a noticeable smell to some and it is advisable to avoid vaping anywhere the air is recirculated – which can also include buses, trains and metros.
Tip #4 – Ask those you are with
Always ask the people you are with if vaping would bother them. Some people with certain allergies may prefer not to be around some of the flavors of vapor. Also, because there is a vapor released it can obscure movie screens and even set off fire alarms because of the density of the vapor if you are close enough to it.
Tip #5 – Imagine if
Always try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes before you begin vaping in public places. By trying to imagine how other people may feel about it you can fairly well tell where you should and shouldn’t vape. So no schools, hospitals or concert venues that are indoors, follow the other tips and you should be alright.
The rule of thumb to follow about vaping in public places
Beyond putting yourself in the shoes of other people who are around you before vaping, there is another general rule of thumb that will help you determine whether or not you should be vaping in a public place. If the place is somewhere you wouldn’t normally light up a cigarette – don’t vape. This means not vaping during office parties, movies, funerals, receptions, dinner and so on. If the common social standard is you don’t indulge in chewing gum or smoking, you aren’t going to be able to vape without a fuss. Vaping is allowed in more places than smoking in many areas, but be mindful that the more people become irritated with ecig users using them in socially inappropriate places, the more public support there will be for bills to ban or regulate them.