We have all been in similar situations – surrounded by non-smokers or in public places when the urge to light a cigarette strikes. By making the switch to e-cigarettes the worry of smoking in public or offending others around is instantly removed, the ‘No Smoking’ signs can finally be ignored – However, should there be etiquette rules regarding the electronic cigarette?
As featured in many media outlets over the past week, including the BBC – an electronic cigarette was linked to a major security incident which raised questions of etiquette. As BBC News states “So is it socially acceptable to take a battery assisted puff on a train or in a public library? And what about in the office or at a dinner party?” Further in the BBC News article Simon Clark, director of Smoking Lobby Group Forest, says e-cigarettes are perfectly appropriate for restaurants. “I cannot see why you shouldn’t. They’re giving off a bit of water vapour but it’s nothing to concern anyone.”
BBC News speaks to Damien Scott, commercial director of SKYCIG about the etiquette of e-cigarettes, “They’re not covered by the smoking ban. But use your discretion in public places. In enclosed spaces you should ask permission first so that you’re not exhaling vapour everywhere.”
So after considering others around you and where appropriate ask for permission – the freedom to smoke where and when you want, is a definite bonus in making the switch to electronic cigarettes alongside the many health advantages.
Here are a few places you can use your e-cigarette:
What is your opinion on the etiquette of electronic cigarettes and where is your favourite place to ‘vape’?