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How to Vape in Public Without Being a Jerk

Vaping is relatively new -  but it does come with some basic etiquette—a simple set guidelines to prevent it from being a detriment to the people around you.

Here are a few things you should keep in mind to maintain good vaping etiquette and not end up being a jerk.

You Can't Vape Anywhere

One of the most commonly-cited benefits of switching to e-cigarettes is that you can vape anywhere, or if they’re being reasonable, almost anywhere. Well, you definitively can’t vape anywhere – businesses can choose what is allowed on their premises – and frankly, even the “almost anywhere” claim is growing increasingly tenuous, with local transport authorities, planes and some local governments enacting bans on e-cig usage. In fact, the situation appears to be moving more towards smoking-like treatment rather than the “vape anywhere” approach.

The Importance of Asking

Not sure if you can vape somewhere?  The easy solution is to simply ask. At the bar, ask the barman if you’re allowed to vape, and if he or he says no, then head outside with the smokers. We don’t want to, but it’s better to endure a bit of cold than to flout an establishment’s rules and give people the impression that vapers are disrespectful or are just looking for a way to exploit “loopholes” in smoke-free laws. Similarly, if you’re in close proximity to somebody when you’re vaping, it can’t hurt to ask if they’re OK with it.

Don't Blow Your Clouds at People

This goes without saying as it should be common sense, but people do not want clouds in their face. Whenever you're vaping where there are people around, you should blow your clouds away from people. Blowing it upwards or down towards your feet may be the best way to prevent hitting passers-by with your clouds. Also keep in mind the wind direction when outside - getting hit with a cloud of vape is not something anyone would appreciate and is probably the # 1 way to become a vape jerk! 

Don't Be a Vaping Snob

While vaping with others, it's natural for you to start comparing devices since gear is one of the fun aspects of vaping. However, that takes a turn for the worse when it becomes a pointless competition of who has the most expensive or coolest-looking setup among you.

There's no point to this other than alienating each other when it should be more about camaraderie among vaping enthusiasts. Everyone may have a different approach to vaping, and it's absolutely fine for someone to stick to a simple starter kit, a pod, or even just a classic e-cigarette.

This also extends to how you treat non-vapers. If there's one thing that can definitely turn people off from vaping, it's being an inconsiderate know-it-all about it.

"Yes, we get it. You vape."

It's absolutely fine to geek out on vaping. But if you weren't asked about vaping, there's no need to talk too much about it. Don't start rambling on about the hardware, eliquid flavors you're mixing and other geeky vape topics unless you were asked about it.

Don't Attack Smokers

A big part of vaping is the quest to eliminate smoking, encouraging smokers to take up vaping as a way to quit tobacco. With that in mind, the last thing you want to do is to discourage a smoker friend from taking up vaping by talking shit to them about their habit.   Yes, smoke stinks and it's awful. But remember, you were likely once one of the same people choking down cigarettes on a regular basis and it takes some time for people to see the light.   




kurt sonderegger
kurt sonderegger


Founder/CEO of Cafe Racer Craft E-Liquid

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