How To Smoke An E-Cigarette in Public

Last updated on January 6th, 2019

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Do You Have Vaper-Phobia? You're Not Alone! 

Smoke 'em anywhereSo you're ready to try electronic cigarettes, but there's that nagging issue about smoking your e-cigarette in public. What if someone thinks badly of you?

Will you be chastised? Will they throw you out of the restaurant or off the airplane?

Probably not; however, it is really unfortunate that anti-smoking activists, self-serving public health officials and all those holier-than-thou members of “I hate smokers” groups just can’t control their outrage and disdain when they discover an e-cigarette smoker “vaping” in a public place.

I have vaped in many public spaces successfully, but I also learned that it takes some know-how.

What To Expect

Getting comfortable “vaping” in public, especially in cities that have eCig bans in place is not all that simple, unless of course you enjoy confrontation. First of all, traditional e-cigarettes look like real cigarettes. That's why they call them “cigalikes”. Even if you vape a vape pen or mod you may get dirty looks. While no smoke is produced, no flame, no tobacco smell and no ash, you do puff on it and you do produce a vapor cloud. That’s what gets the wolves salivating. 

Unless you’re really cagey, pretty soon someone will complain that you are polluting the air (which you are not), or breaking the rules (which may be unfair but true). More likely, someone will avoid the actual confrontation, preferring to snitch on you by complaining to the nearest policeman, waiter, maitre’d or airline flight attendant.

Find out  Can You Get Away With Smoking An E-Cigarette on an Airplane?

So What Does the Savvy Vaper Do?

Here are some methods that have worked:

First stab the accuser with the end of the e-cigarette and watch them jump. Then say “Hah, fooled flame!”

Okay.. that was a joke. I’ll start again.

Apologize for upsetting the accuser, then say, “I vape because I choose not to smoke toxic cigarettes. Studies have shown they are at least 95% safer than tobacco cigarettes. I do it for myself, my loved ones and to set an example for those who still smoke”.  

You know that the vapor appears only when you take a puff, unlike the smoke that continuously comes from a lit cigarette. Also, it doesn’t travel more than a couple of feet and it dissipates almost immediately. Contrary to sensational news stories, this ecig, does NOT produce any toxic smoke. Studies are now showing that second-hand vapor is harmless…far less harmless than the emissions from that bus that just went by.

You can tell the offended person that even FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb has said,

We need to provide an alternative for adults who still want to get access to nicotine and electronic nicotine delivery systems of which e-cigarettes are a primary component.

Electronic cigarettes are all about tobacco harm reduction and ecigs have life-altering advantages. Explain that smoking your e-cigarettes in public helps to create product awareness. Subsequently, others may be encouraged to quit smoking a truly toxic product, tobacco cigarettes.

Every once in a while you’ll come across a really tough critic. You know who they are; those sanctimonious individuals who refuse to accept any smoking alternative no matter how innocuous it may be. They take great pleasure in denouncing you as a lawbreaker and maintain the lofty assumption that anything resembling a lit cigarette needs to be banned from public view. Most likely, they read a headline that says e-cigarettes are dangerous.  This highly emotional reaction is a behavior that could prove deadly for people who choose to avoid learning the true facts and who continue to smoke because of the “dangers” of e-cigarettes.  

Here's what the experts from Halo Cigs have to say,

Don’t Expect to Win

Once someone makes a demonstrative statement, especially in public, they are less likely to change their minds because they want to remain consistent. They also may have been making such statements for a long time. If they have made statements over and over again about the dangers of E-cigarettes, you probably will not be able to convince them otherwise, even when they are faced with evidence.


If You're Not Sure Whether It's Safe to Vape Follow These Guidelines. 

Smoke Something That Doesn't Look Like a Cigarette

  • Many excellent e-cigarette companies offer designer styled batteries so your e-cigarette doesn't resemble a real cigarette. Small personal vaporizers are a good choice.
  • Don't flaunt your vapor clouds. Many e-cigarettes now produce greater vapor, but if you're vaping in public, use the “stealth” method of taking smaller puffs. If you hold the vaper a few extra seconds before exhaling, you'll also reduce the amount of vapor. The biggest complaint non-vapers have is that they're offended getting a cloud of vapor in their face.
  • If you are at a restaurant or bar that permits vaping, simply say, “do you mind if I vape?”. 
  • Vape a mild flavored e-liquid in public. Some people are just as offended by strong smelling vapor as they are by tobacco smoke.


More Smart Ideas for E-Cigarette Smokers

If you enjoy using your e-cigarette in public and would like to feel more relaxed when you do so, why not ask your favorite restaurant or bar/pub owner to post a “Vaping Permitted” sign in his or her establishment. Many restaurants do permit smoking at the bar.

In Conclusion….

Until there are enough vapers out there to tip the scales, it's likely they will have to tolerate a few ugly stares. A few may even be scolded in public like naughty children.

But take heart, there’s safety in numbers. Join the ranks of responsible vaping ambassadors when vaping in public by keeping it low key, unoffensive, and by spreading the word about e-cigarettes – the smarter alternative to smoking. 

There are also ways to protect your right to use electronic cigarettes indoors and in public spaces.  Voice your demands for the retention of e-cigarette rights.

If you type “electronic cigarette laws” into a Google, Yahoo or Bing search, you’ll find a lot of information, including petitions to sign. You can write to the appropriate lawmakers and show up at city council meetings and argue against any legal restrictions on the use of e-cigarettes.

Better still, join CASAA – The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association.

Need to compare prices and details of the most popular e-cigarette brands? Check out Cloud Nine’s comprehensive  Best Selling Electronic Cigarette Comparison Chart.   

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