Vaping is relatively new, and the more conspicuous elements, such as cloud chasing and sub ohm vaping have only become widespread over the past couple of years. Laws restricting vaping are starting to come out, and there’s the potential for it to be legislated as harshly as smoking. As individuals, we can help shift this in our favour by behaving responsibly and showing that not only is vaping different and healthier than smoking, it can also be accepted by the general public. But more than this, it’s about good manners. The advice below can be seen as basic decency, but it’s worth establishing a code of conduct to present vaping as a relatively harmless habit, rather than an obnoxious vice.
It’s not just places, we should also consider how we behave around other people. Here are some pointers.
Some vapers engage in ‘stealth vaping’, keeping their equipment hidden, and holding vapour in longer than usual, so it’s less visible when exhaled. This is problematic. If the aim is to deceive people then don’t do it – it’s likely you’ll get caught, and only serves to damage our reputation. However, if the aim is to remain low key in a place where vaping is acceptable, this is fine.
It comes down to basic manners. Studies have proven that there is no risk from second-hand vapour but many people don’t like to have it breathed on them. If possible, educate people but keep it brief, no one likes being preached at. Cloudchasing in public can be seen as impolite, so it’s best to do this in private.
ULTIMATELY, ALL IT TAKES IS ASKING PEOPLE IF THEY MIND.
And if they do, respect their wishes. This is a sensitive time for vapers all over the world, with many countries and states looking to enact restrictive laws. If we build a reputation for courtesy, it can only help.