With nearly three million vapers in the UK, e-cigarette usage is now well and truly in the mainstream. However, many people admit to being confused when it comes to when and where they can vape. There is lack of official guidelines and certainly a lot of ‘hazy’ rules, which are often discretionary, so it comes down to vapers to simply act responsibly. Correct vaping etiquette is seemingly always under discussion and not always agreed upon by vapers themselves. However, the basic rules we’ve outlined below are a good place to start. Everyone knows that vaping isn’t smoking, right? As vapers, we all understand that vaping is much better for you than smoking traditional cigarettes and poses no known health risks through the second-hand vapour produced. Too many none vapers, however, they simply see just another person smoking and blowing harmful smoke in their vicinity. Vaping etiquette is a socially responsible way to vape around other people. Vapers need to work together to promote vaping and encourage new people to try vaping instead of smoking. It’s also important that people who don’t smoke or vape aren’t put off vaping by inconsiderate e-cig usage. We’ve all seen and inwardly cursed vapers who blowing huge clouds in public areas without considering the people near them. With governments around the world scrambling to legislate vaping, we all need to work together to promote the positive benefits of e-cigarettes and not alienate ourselves. The easiest way to establish what the correct vaping etiquette rules are is to compare vaping to smoking. If you think you can smoke in a certain location or at a certain time, then you should be okay to vape there. If you know you can’t smoke there, then don’t vape there either. Vaping Etiquette for The Socially Responsible Vaper! Private Businesses – Restaurants, bars, clubs, diners, and other shops. If you can’t smoke there, then it’s best not to vape there either. If you can’t see any signs telling you not to vape, then speak to a staff member before you vape. If they say that it’s okay, then try to move away from other patrons and don’t blow it in people’s faces. Public Transport – Buses, trains, trams, and cabs. If it says, ‘no smoking’ it’s pretty obvious that the same also applies to vaping. There is a good chance that another passenger will object to your clouds of vapour, even if they are impressive! Public Places – Parks, ovals, sporting arenas, and beaches – Out in the open, you’re normally good to go! If you are in a children’s park, you may need to move away from playground equipment a certain distance, but most public places are safe to vape. That doesn’t mean you should sit next to someone and blow clouds in their face, keep it considerate. If there are a lot of people around you, try moving away to have a vape. Vaping Around Children – Just don’t do it. You wouldn’t smoke around your children or pets, so don’t vape around them either. Vaping in Your Home – Your home is your castle. You can vape in your own home to your heart’s content! When you have other people around that don’t vape or smoke, it’s always better to be polite and leave the room or head outside. After all, they are your guests, and you want them to have a good time. Other Vapers – Remember, we all started somewhere. Just because you’re killing it with a 220W beast rocking custom coils, doesn’t mean that your mate with the e-cigarette isn’t just as happy. Conclusion Vapers need to use common sense when out in public. Vaping in crowded areas or confined spaces should be ideally be avoided. Equally, none vapers shouldn’t make vapers feel like criminals. As we know most vapers are ex-smokers who use e-cigarettes to prevent relapse. Vaping doesn’t deliver the toxic cloud that smoking does and it needs to be embraced and encouraged so more smokers feel comfortable about switching.