Vaping is still a relatively new form of nicotine intake. It seems that vaping is here to stay, with more and more people embracing the new trend in order to quit smoking. While this article recommends that all people shouldn’t engage in vaping or use any cigarette (electronic or otherwise), it is recommended that if you do vape that you are aware of the etiquette rules and expected vaping conduct. Here are some tips you should remember next time you’re out vaping in public or at someone’s house.
Know the law when in public
When you’re in a restaurant, bar, theatre or other public space, you must be aware of the law. In Australia (across all states and territories), vaping is treated like smoking, so you can’t vape or puff away on your e-cig in a smoke-free zone. This generally refers to dining areas, pubs and indoor spaces where there isn’t appropriate ventilation. If you’re unsure, ask one of the hosts of the facility as to whether you can vape or not.
Be careful where you blow your vapour
Not everyone wants to breathe, taste or smell your vapour. If you’re vape with a small group of friends and everyone is in on it, then that’s a different story. However, if you’re a gathering at a friend’s house or walking down a public street, you need to be mindful of where you are exhaling your vape. If you’re waiting at a set of lights in a crowd of people, it’s probably best to pocket the device for a few minutes and wait until you’re able to maintain more distance from strangers. We recommend only vape in places where you won’t be cluttered or squashed in with heaps of people.
Be mindful of children
Vaping around children can be quite a sensitive issue. Some parents are quite open and relaxed about it, while others are staunchly against it. A lot of this is because vaping has been proven to be a healthier alternative to smoking. However, a lot of parents, adults and groups treat the activity as on par with smoking.
What about travelling?
The travelling question is always a good one to ask since some places are a little more liberal about vaping in public spaces. Australia has long had rather strict legislation monitoring the use of e-cigarettes and conventional smoking habits. For example, many countries in Europe have quite relaxed laws about vaping in public, so if you’re travelling overseas, make sure you do your research before puffing away.
So, there are a lot of things you need to be aware of when vaping anywhere (public or private spaces). While Australia has rather strict rules regarding the sale and use of e-cigarettes, the international scene is a very different story. If you want to be viewed as a courteous and polite vaper, make sure you adhere to the above guidelines when using your device.