As vaper’s in Australia we are feeling a bit let down by our government with recent decisions to ban online sales and purchases of vape gear in South Australia. Being proud Australian’s that have given up the deadly cigarettes and taken up vaping it’s only natural that we would want to rebel against this ridiculous decision. However, now is the time we need to reign it in a little and be aware of how we are perceived in our local communities.
Why is etiquette important?
the definition in the dictionary is:
|synonyms:||protocol, polite behaviour, good manners, manners, acceptable behaviour, accepted behaviour, proper behaviour, code of behaviour, rules of conduct/behaviour, decorum, form, good form|
Self control is something we need to be aware of when out and about and vaping. As smokers have their designated areas they can smoke in public it does also reflect on us vaper’s to abide by these area’s too. I know I don’t like to go to the smoking areas to vape but we can’t just sit in the middle of a large crowd of people and vape away sending massive plumes of vapour over everyone. We know there is very little, if any, passive effect from vapour, however most people in society don’t understand the real facts around vaping and believe the incorrect media coverage vaping has gotten.
Take it outside
Australian Law has taken care of this for us but when you do go outside to vape try to find somewhere down wind of other people so the vapour isn’t going to blow into their faces or through a crowd. Pods are great for a more discreet vape. But if you are using a box mod maybe try to take smaller tokes/drags on them to reduce the amount of vapour you are producing.
Do it at home
It is a personal decision if you vape inside your house or still take it outside. Usually the deciding factor will be children. But if you do vape inside your house and you have guests coming over vaping etiquette would be do it where your guests won’t be sitting a cloud filled room. open some windows and/or doors to allow plenty of ventilation. Or blow your vapour into an exhaust fan so it is quickly extracted outside and not leaving a cloudy.
In the Car
Again it is your car and as long as you don’t have children in the car, go for it. For safety more than vaping etiquette, keep a window down so you don’t obstruct your vision.
Making a good impression
This is an important one that rests on all of our shoulders to improve the impression that vaping much better than smoking. Vaping etiquette hasn’t been so important as it is now. If someone is curious and asks you about vaping or what you are doing take the time to politely educate them.
Some people I have come across want to try it. I don’t like to personally, but if you are happy enough to let them try it out go for it. Disposable drip tips are always handy in these situations.
Vaping etiquette around non-vapers or non-smokers
Always ask if the people you are socialising with mind if you vape around them. This may bring up some questions and again politely educate them about what it is and don’t be offended if they say no. Just take it somewhere that won’t be annoying to others
Use your own common sense when it comes to vaping etiquette. Most of us have manners and the understanding that not everyone will be pro-vaping. Our industry in Australia needs everyone to be responsible and considerate to help improve the way it is seen and understood. Sadly where the government is involved we have very little influence but why not be an advocate anyway. Vaping has saved so many lives of our community by allowing people to quit smoking and opt for a better and healthier alternative.
Follow the link to Legalise Vaping Australia to contact your local MP and tell them your vaping story.