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Vaping in a "You can't smoke here" world.

Discussion in 'New Members Forum' started by blueskies, Aug 10, 2012.

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  1. blueskies

    blueskies Full Member

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    I decided to go back to school. During orientation I stepped outside to vape. I wasn't sure how people would react to vaping inside so I took it outside. The security guard thought I was smoking and came running outside to tell me I was smoking too close to the doors and I had to go around the corner of the building to the smoking section. I tried to explain that I wasn't smoking. He didn't get it.

    At work I'm the boss so I can vape when and where I want and not have to worry about it. Does anyone have any advice on how to educate people that there is no such thing as second hand vapor? (at least not that I know of) Does any one just blatantly take out their ecig and vape at work, at school, in restraints or bars? If you do what do you say if confronted by someone? Should I get permission from the school before I give it a try inside, or should I continue to take it outside?

    I apologize if there is a thread that already discusses this. If there is I didn't see it. Feel free to point me in the right direction.
     
  2. balbrt1

    balbrt1 Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    I can not help you but I am sure someone will soon. Just wanted to say congrats and welcome aboard. I never vape where I can not smoke. I usually go to the smoking areas even though I do not smoke just vape but where I am from I have never seen anyone with a e-cig. I just don't want explain to everyone and they just look at me like I am nuts...lol Good luck..:)
     
  3. rondasherrill

    rondasherrill Ultra Member ECF Veteran

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    Here has been my experience with e-cigs... If you treat it like a cigarette, people will react in kind. As in, if you step outside and be all careful about where you use it, people will assume it's something they should take steps to be careful around it/avoid it.

    I vape mine whenever and wherever. I follow the "better to ask forgiveness than permission" thing. HOWEVER, remember to be courteous. If, after explaining what it is, they don't want it used in their establishment, then it's better that you don't use it. The fact is vaping is a new thing for most, and it is on the fence of being banned. The last thing vapers need is a bunch of people acting self righteous, and pissing off the wrong people.
     
  4. Ralikar

    Ralikar Moved On ECF Veteran

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    There are a ton of "Smoking in public" posts on ECF.
     
  5. briponi

    briponi Full Member

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    This is an issue I've thought about too. Even at work, I'd rather take my e-cig outside than "go through the fight" in a break room or anywhere indoors. I guess this is the downside of the 808's being so similar to analogs? I want to say I don't care, but I do haha. Even as a smoker, I made a point of going far away so I didn't bother anyone. I guess those habits are dying hard as well?

    I did make a point of ordering mine with a blue LED on the end so it was less likely to be misconstrued as a cigarette. What color LED do you have, blueskies? Maybe a red/orange makes it harder for them to understand? That is, even though there's no smell of smoke, they see the red light and are convinced it's a cigarette anyways?
     
  6. blueskies

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    Thanks for the feedback. I have a blue LED. I never thought about using that to help explain what an ecig is. I was always been a very polite smoker. I made sure I did not bother anyone with my habit. I live in Minnesota and I am not looking forward to have to continue to go outside in the middle of the winter. I do like the "better to ask forgiveness than permission" concept. I guess all they can do is tell you to stop and take it outside.

    I have vaped in a bar before. I did get some strange looks but nobody complained.

    Hopefully more people will share their thoughts.
     
  7. rondasherrill

    rondasherrill Ultra Member ECF Veteran

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    I live in a very rural area, and no one around here knows what it is. When I vaped during my last job interview, they asked me if it was a crack pipe! Of course my thoughts ran to why I would smoke crack in public(not that I've ever smoked it at all)... After explaining what it was, we talked about the health benefits and stuff, and I got that job.
     
  8. Harold Smith

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    I think that if we all "act" like it is a cig then we are the ones loosing. I can see going outside of a school, but going away from the door or to a smoking area is pushing it big time. It is not smoking so no reason to go to that area. As far a a bar, well I help a friend with his bar every weekend and I vape in there all the time. If someone doesnt like it, I would pretty much tell them to get over it or show them were the door is. I feel once you start to bend over for these people they WILL take advantage and once you start back up they will have you backing up forever. Stand up to them and dont let them turn vaping into a bad thing like they did smoking.
     
  9. Tarnacc

    Tarnacc Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck... Must be a duck.

    I dont think I have ever and would never vape in what might be construed as a "smoking area". People form firm and lasting beliefs on what they initially percieve regardless of how far off the mark they are. If someones first exposure to ecigs is by seeing someone vaping shoulder to shoulder with someone smoking then they will from that point forward equate ecigs with smoking. A perfectly logical assumption... to them.

    I do not make it a point to intentionaly vape around people but I dont make an effort to hide it either. I do make some concessions to soften the blow or demonstrate that this IS NOt smoke. I will often stealth vape in a store to demonstrate to anyone curoious enough to be watching that this is not smoke. "What is that guy doing?" "I dont know but it isnt smoke cause smoke doesnt do that, and it isnt on fire because he just dropped it right in to his pocket."
     
  10. zoiDman

    zoiDman My -0^10 = Nothing at All ECF Veteran

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    Here is a post I made in a Similar thread.

     
  11. wv2win

    wv2win ECF Guru ECF Veteran

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    This is not relevant. It's not about whether someone can go without vaping for hours or days. We know you view vaping and smoking as exactly the same thing and should be shunted off to dark corners and hidden from view just like smoking.

    rondasherrill and Harold Smith made excellent points in their comments. If we act like vaping is the same as smoking and that it is harmful to others, that is how it will be perceived. This is how those who want vaping banned view it and are thrilled when vapers believe and act the same way. Perception is reality. Most of us vets believe we should vape openly but respectfully and be prepared to intelligently educate the uninformed.
     
  12. ellendiane

    ellendiane Full Member Verified Member

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    Your college is very advanced to have an e-cig policy!

    For myself, I am going to a community college in Portand, OR, and all our community colleges have banned smoking anywhere on campus. I don't vape in the classroom (it would be a distraction) but during breaks I go outside, find the nearest place to sit, and vape away. Campus security, who are in charge of handing out smoking tickets, smile as they walk or ride by me, and none of the students care at all.

    One teacher who was about a half mile away (exaggeration) started yelling and flailing her arms, and I just shouted back over at least a couple hundred feet, VAPORIZER! She didn't say oh, sorry, but she turned around and went back into her classroom.

    I have a reo mod now, so it doesn't look like a cigarette, but I find calling it a vaporizer, rather than trying to explain the terrm e-cig, helps.

    BTW, I am the ONLY one I have seen vaping on campus! I am surprised- I am in my 50's and thought all the 'kids' would be doing it : )

    PS What's a trackback?
     
  13. zoiDman

    zoiDman My -0^10 = Nothing at All ECF Veteran

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    Your entailed to your Opinion wv2win.

    If you think the Best thing to do is to Vape in Public Places like Schools, don’t let me stop you.
     
  14. ellendiane

    ellendiane Full Member Verified Member

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    That is amazing, Ronda. I remember the last time I went job hunting wondering if I wasn't getting jobs because I smelled like smoke... I could not resist having one or two in the car for nerves
     
  15. ellendiane

    ellendiane Full Member Verified Member

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    Ouch! I would like to chat and share experiences without worrying about the relevancy of my thoughts being judged... of course I am over 50 :drool:
     
  16. zoiDman

    zoiDman My -0^10 = Nothing at All ECF Veteran

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    I’ve got some Family in the Grants Pass area. My Aunt on my Mom’s side was a K-6 Teacher who doesn’t Smoke.

    But even She, and Many other Non-Smoking Teachers, feels that what is going on in Oregon Right Now is Too Extreme.

    Our Campus policy on e-Cig use was something that has been in the works for some time. It seems to strike a good Balance of that was considered as Fair Use.
     
  17. JENerationX

    JENerationX Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    When I'm in restraints, I just ask my man to put a 78mm automatic with a full carto in my mouth. Then I blatantly vape away. :evil:

    Sorry.... HAD to.
     
  18. mostapha

    mostapha Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    My standard line: "It's not smoke, it's vapor. There's nothing in it that isn't also in food and medicine except nicotine, which carries no more health risks than coffee and has more benefits."

    Then, if it's a private residence or business or anywhere smoking would be prohibited: "If you'd still like me to go somewhere else or stop, I'll be happy to. But I want you to know that nothing you know about smoking applies to what I'm doing."

    If they tell me where a smoking area is: "No thanks. I don't want to expose myself to second hand smoke. Unlike what they do, what I do doesn't harm anyone and has no effect on anynoe else."

    That usually works, but if they ask for details, I have citations stored in my phone and give them a reading list. So far, no one's cared enough to even take the reading list. If the conversation gets that far without them getting huffy, I've already won. If they end it by not caring what I have to say, having a team of scientists with conference presentations ready to defend me wouldn't have changed their outlook.
     
  19. FlossBandit

    FlossBandit Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    hahahahaha
     
  20. rondasherrill

    rondasherrill Ultra Member ECF Veteran

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    LOL What? I don't hide my vaping from anyone. I don't blow clouds in their face. Im considerate enough to turn my head and exhale. No way they can confuse a Provari for a cigarette, and no way they can confuse the vapor for smoke, when it smells like a raspberry chiller.
     
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