E-cigarettes are becoming more and more popular as a low nuisance way to get your nicotine fix. Although they don’t carry the same noxious smells and toxic fire smoke, ecigs aren’t looked upon favorably everywhere, and some places have outright bans on vaping. A little courtesy and etiquette can go a long way when using electronic cigarettes in public and can help keep vape-friendly places free for other users.
You Can’t Vape on Planes
You’re facing a six-hour flight and no chance to step outside the terminal for a smoke, so can you use your e-cig on the plane? Officially, the FAA said in 2013 that carriers are free to make their own policies regarding vaping, but most large carriers will tell you no. JetBlue, American Airlines, Delta, United and Southwest all list electronic cigarettes as a no-go on their flights. If you’re unsure of your carrier’s policy or whether you can sneak a puff or two in the terminal, check with your airline provider or the staff at your airport. They’ll tell you if you can use your vaping device and where you’re allowed to do so.
Public Businesses Might Allow It
You’ve got a chance if you want to vape in a public business, as long as the business owners allow it. Even if there’s a state or city-wide smoking ban in effect, vaping doesn’t always fall under those rules. As e-cigarettes become more popular, business owners decide what is–and isn’t–allowed in their restaurants, bars, night clubs, bowling alleys and shops. If no clear signs are posted, you might be able to use your ecig in a public establishment. But then again, you might not.
It’s always better to err on the side of caution and ask. If other patrons ask you to stop, think long and hard before telling them off. Instead, be courteous, rather than confrontational or defensive. Acting in a composed and civil way could help decide that establishment’s policy on vaping. If you’re kind and polite, you might just keep the right for other vapers to indulge.
Parks and Public Walkways
Gone are the days where you could walk down any city street and smell the trail of a businessman’s stogie, trailing for blocks as he walked home from work. Smoking bans and anti-smoking laws have put the kibosh on this, but ecigs are still a legal gray area.
Different locations have different rules regarding the legality of smoking–and vaping–in public streets, walkways and parks. While there’s less problem with vaping in open spaces, some people still might not like it. As long as it’s legal, simply move to another location and continue on. You’re not hurting anyone else, and there’s little to no emission for them to worry about.
Even if your apartment has a no-smoking clause in the lease, it’s pretty safe to say you can vape in peace. Vaping doesn’t leave cigarette stink in the air, smells don’t travel through the vent systems to irritate your neighbors, and there’s no nasty tar stains to clean off the walls. Your landlord likely won’t know and you won’t lose your security deposit like you would if you were smoking traditional cigarettes.
Keeping Up to Date
As laws and regulations change and e-cigarettes become more popular and recognized, the rules are subject to change. Keep abreast of any changes in your area to figure out where you can and can’t safely vape. This isn’t the definitive guide, always use discretion and make your own informed decisions. Please always be courteous to others.
Remember that acting confrontational towards a person who may not understand vaping tends to only make yourself and the rest of us look like jerks. Be polite and patient, and if they’re interested in learning about it, share some information. If they aren’t, leave them alone and find a place to vape that isn’t bothering others.
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