No shirts, no shoes, no service. The signs are everywhere. No doubt you have seen one yourself as you went about your day. They greet us on the doors of gas stations, grocery stores, even at our favorite take-out spots. Their warning so literal, it is understood by everyone what they mean: If you do not wear a shirt or pair of shoes, or both, you will not be served. Some establishments will not let you enter unless these basic conditions are met. So what about things the sign leaves unsaid? What would happen if one day, some carefree soul tried to enter a store without wearing pants? If said person was denied service, and if said person was indeed wearing a shirt and shoes, would he or she be permitted based on the fact that pants are not among the required articles on the sign? Would this argument hold in court?
Vaping at Home vs. Vaping in Public
This week I had my first encounter with indoor public vaping. While sitting in the lobby of a doctor's office, the patient next to me pulls out his vape pen and takes a hit. He does so as casually it's as if he is at home sitting on his couch, vaping leisurely. While I am happy to see someone else choose vaping over smoking, I do not feel the sense of camaraderie and excitement I normally do when meet a fellow vaper. I am surprised to feel angry with him!
Now I have no problem vaping within my own home or vehicle. One of the most relaxing things I do after a long day of work or running family errands is to sit In my recliner and puff some VapeWild clouds. Nothing does this better than The Streak, with its tantalizing strawberry waffle aroma; it's heaven in a vape! I vape in an open living room, with access to windows and always has a ceiling fan rotating. Even when both my husband and I vape together, the clouds dissipate quickly. In my car, I keep the window opened a bit just as I did when I smoked. This helps keep residue from the vegetable oil from accumulating in my windshield, though I have Vape Away just in case.
But this isn't my recliner, and last I checked neither this mad stranger beside and I are in neither my home or his. In this public, medical environment, vaping doesn't seem right.
Vapers everywhere know that vaping is 95% safer than cigarettes. With the exception of whatever secret recipe of flavors are in our favorite ejuice, we know and can make all of its ingredients. Vapers know that our vapor contains little to no nicotine. Most localities do not regulate where we can or cannot vape. This includes both indoor and outdoor public spaces.
The FDA has declared that e-cigarettes and ejuice be classified, and therefore regulated, as a tobacco product. Yet many vapers do not treat it as such. We are bound by the same laws as non-vapers, and unless we respect these laws and vape responsibly, wherever smoking is banned vaping is sure to follow. The majority of the non-vaping public are not educating themselves about vaping; many falling victim to anti-vaping propaganda as there is not enough pro-vaping education readily available. We do not need to give them any extra ammunition. Some people give a knee jerk, "you can't do that in here" reaction to indoor vaping and may assume they're inhaling nicotine.
We Can, but Should We?
Just because we can vape indoors doesn't mean we should. Some spaces are not ventilated well and our clouds accumulate quickly in these spaces. Ejuice with higher VG tend to leave fuller clouds behind when exhaled. Have you seen the clouds in a local vape shop or in vape expo photos when there are many vapers vaping inside at once? You can almost cut the vapor with a knife! This would surely pose a distraction to anyone sitting in a movie theater, restaurant, doctor's office, or any other indoor public space. So be mindful and respectful of others who may not want to inhale your clouds or be distracted. Pay attention to your surroundings and those around you, and use common sense when vaping in public. Or one day, we may see more vaping bans take affect.
I know I'd hate to see more restrictions on public vaping. If only people like the stranger in the doctor's office had any vaping etiquette, no-vaping signs won't show up wherever no smoking signs are. Perhaps he wasn't wearing pants.
Posted by Guest Blogger - Kelly Weed on Aug 16th 2018