Public Vaping

I am not a “full-time” vaper. I usually puff on an e-cigarette just a couple of times throughout the week. Because I am not addicted to nicotine, and don’t want to ever go back on that route, I use e-cigarette cartomizers that don’t have any nicotine in them (0mg).

In the car

There are times when I want to smoke, so I reach for my e-cigarette instead. Chicago isn’t the most pleasant place to drive, so every once in a while, I’ll grab an e-cig from my lavender carrying case, and after a few drags, the traffic doesn’t seem that bad. When I started using them I wondered if anyone would give me weird looks. It turns out, other drivers never even noticed I was vaping. All eyes were on the road (good job guys). The most convenient way to vape in the car is a USB passthrough. I use an automatic because it’s the easiest.

At a restaurant

Most smokers have a cigarette after eating. When I smoked, I had one after every meal. It made my stomach feel less full. Now when I go out to eat I will occasionally vape after eating. Since I don’t really need to do it, I do take in consideration the company I’m with. Some of my friends seem slightly put off about it. They’ll ask “Are you sure you can use that thing here?,” and I’ll tell them yes, it’s fine. Pretty soon they get over it.

Photo courtesy of Riza Nugraha.

Business cards

Unless I’m eating outside, I always ask my server or bartender if they mind me using an e-cig. It seems that either they’ve seen them before and know that using it inside is no big deal, or that they’ve never seen them or heard of them before. In that case, I give them a “SPREAD THE WORD” Vapor4Life business card, and give them the basic gist. Sometimes they are so intrigued that they want to know more, perhaps have a friend that they want to share all the information with.

Chatty vaper or reserved e-cig user

Some people don’t feel like explaining e-cigs to strangers, they would rather just carry on with what they’re doing, and not be bothered. Others love talking about them, and how they got started using them. Whichever group you belong to is your personal preference. There is no right way to go about it. One thing that I believe is important to do, is always keep some Vapor4Life business cards with you. That way, you don’t have to do any talking at all if you don’t feel like it. The card directs people to the Vapor4Life website, Facebook Page, and Twitter accounts so other people can help them with their questions.

Do you vape in public? If so, where? If you don’t use your e-cig around others, why not? Tell us in the comment section below.

5 thoughts on “Public Vaping

  1. I use them every where. even have several different models depending on my mood. I am down to 1/2 pk a day of regular smokes but use my e-cigs all the time. lol. people are always asking me to blow the vapor in thier faces because they dont believe me about the flavors. i hand out about 5 cards a week.

  2. I use mine literally EVERYWHERE! And I’m not shy about it. Grocery store (get some pretty amazing looks), doctors waiting room (mine is so happy I quit smoking), the car (oh boy, no burn holes in my seats!), the office (they laugh), in vacant apartments (i do apartment maintenance), and INSIDE my home (no longer have to suffer the outside elements to smoke). Very few have ever seen one & want to “smell it” & after the requested “blow it my way” smokers say they smell nothing while non-smokers generally smell a “pleasantly something faint”. I go thru an average of 5 to 10 V4L cards a week myself & probably bore some with my over enthusiastic description of the e-cig & V4L in particular.

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