When developing technology and antiquated rules meet, often new guidelines are not far behind. New federal and state legislation is on the way, but in the meantime, setting forth new etiquette seems like a constructive idea.
Don’t vape where you can’t smoke– the general rule of thumb. Do not be discouraged from asking establishment staff if vaping is permitted. Coffee shops and bars are typically very accepting of vaping, but it is always a good idea to confirm that first. Do not assume “No Smoking” means “Vaping permitted”.
Keep track of your equipment- Never leaving your vaporizer unattended will prevent unauthorized tampering or damage. Ensure your mod or vaporizer and accessories are out of reach from minors and/or children at all times. Carrying a small hard case will also prevent any pocket-disasters from batteries or leaking e-liquid bottles.
Clouds and public places- We love blowing clouds, however, the people around us may not. Be respectful when using an RDA in public. The sheer size and density of a freshly exhaled cloud is enough to make any non-vaper uncomfortable. If the surroundings you’re in do not allow great air flow, or maybe is a bit crowded, substituting the RDA for a tank may be the better idea. Blowing vapor away from their general direction may enough to curb their concerns, but if a complaint arises, it’s just courteous to stop until you’re in a more suitable environment.
Converting traditional analog cigarette smokers- Everyone started at some point. From the “once in a while” smoker to the full on pack-a-day or more smoker, eventually, they’ve heard of vaping. Maybe a passer-by suggested it, maybe a friend or family member brought it your attention. How did you hear about it? The general consensus of the older, ‘seasoned’ smokers and the more non-informed generations do not like being badgered into vaping. Discouragement and shaming are not the tactics vapers should be using to convert smokers and is not the right way to bring about a positive conversation on the matter. Instead of criticizing them for their habit, explain why vaping works for you. Emphasizing the pros and cons compared to cigarettes is a good way to demonstrate the potential for nicotine fulfillment and saving money.
Minors (18/21 and under)- This is the most important aspect of this list. Under no circumstances should a minor be given or allowed access to e-liquid. E-liquid and personal vaporizers should be given the same treatment as tobacco and tobacco paraphernalia and should never fall into the hands of someone who is not yet old enough to use them. Nicotine and nicotine products are not intended for children or minors in any way, shape or form. Distributors and shops must self-regulate in regards to this very important matter in order to keep our industry honest, and to avoid being compared to Big Tobacco in any way.
Although there are some states with specific regulation of personal vaporizers and e-liquid, the status quo has yet to change. When it comes to vaping, be smart, be courteous, and be responsible. When the time comes, we want to be ready.