If there’s one question that people wonder about, it’s whether or not they can really use their e-cigarettes in public. It’s a hard question to answer, because everyone’s location is different. However, what has to be understood is this:
An electronic cigarette does not produce smoke. It does not produce flame. It does not produce ash. These three things are the biggest reasons why smoking in public places is not allowed. The smoke is offensive to other people, and there are a lot of valid concerns about secondhand and even thirdhand smoke these days. However, that doesn’t mean that you can always pull out your e-cigarette and start “vaping”.
You will need to stop and make sure that you’re in a space that lets you have space between you and everyone else. If you just plunge in without thinking about it, you’ll end up just alienating the people around you. That’s definitely tends to get the attention of the wrong people — like the police. IF you want to use your e-cigarette in a public place like a small, it wouldn’t hurt to at least run it by security. Otherwise you’re going to get stopped a lot, and you can even get asked off the property. This is something that you will definitely want to make sure that you avoid as much as possible.
Restaurants are the same way. It’s up to the owners and the managers about whether or not they are okay with you using your e-cigarette. Instead of taking offense, you should take the time to educate. Let them know that your cigarette doesn’t produce any flame, ash, or smoke. Once they see that you really aren’t hurting anyone, you never know — you could start a trend!
Of course, if you do get someone that tells you to put it out, this is not the time to argue with them, or make a big scene. If you’re in a restaurant, you’re not really on public property. The establishment can still tell you to leave, and it doesn’t really matter if you’ve finished your business there or not. Of course, the restaurant wants to make sure that they earn your loyalty, but if you’re going to be belligerent about anything, they would rather take the loss!
Overall, it’s important to make sure that you really handle yourself the right way when you’re out using your e-cigarettes. You never know though. As time passes and more people join the revolution, you might see establishments actually posting signs that it’s okay to use your e-cigarette there!