This is a guest post written by Morandir835, an e-cig enthusiast, admin on the Vapor4Life forum, and a regular on their ECF sub forum.
Over the past few weeks I’ve attended several social events in my area (and one personal being my 30th birthday party). This lead to a lot of vaping in public places, including a restaurant. There are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when vaping in public places. Every year the city of Greenbelt puts on the Green Man Festival. It celebrates spring and is geared towards saving the environment and recycling, with showings from many local vendors and artists of all sorts. It’s a great mix of people from all walks of life, religions, and backgrounds. It’s an outdoor festival and I was able to vape freely without issue (well almost – one person complained that the “smoke was getting in her face”, but the gentleman I was talking to about vaping corrected her. Some people do not trust their senses). I handed out many Vapor4Life business cards during this festival, not only because of its vibe, but also because there were a lot of people looking for an alternative to analogs. I even let people try some of the flavors I had on hand (I always bring plenty of supplies to places like this for that very reason).
A very good friend of my wife and I was visiting from Switzerland. He had never seen the DC area, so after work each night we took him to different places around town. I was vaping away the entire time while driving, but he didn’t ask me any questions about it. My wife had already explained what it was beforehand. One of the first places we went to was a great brew pub in the area we refer to as DFH. Being a regular here I already knew about their “no vaping indoors” policy, which brings me to the crux of this article.
Before you vape somewhere indoors always ask an employee first. Even if it’s legal to
vape inside in your state, that doesn’t mean every bar, restaurant, or other establishment will allow it. Getting indignant, arguing with a manager, or causing a scene does nothing but put vaping in a negative light.
When I was in Chicago a few months back I asked my taxi driver if my vaping would be an issue. He said I could take one puff and if the smell didn’t bother him then it was fine. But it did bother him, so I just put my King Diamond batt away and talked with him the rest of the ride. He said while it wasn’t nearly as bad as cigarette smoke, he wasn’t a fan of the after smell from my particular e-juice.
When you’re out and about vaping in public, depending on your situation, please remember to ask the people around you if they mind your e-cigarette use. It’s simply common courtesy.
Contact Morandir835 via e-mail at Morandir835@hotmail.com or through his page on ECF at http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/members/51087/morandir835.html
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