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How Do You Pacify Non-Smokers/Non-Vapers?

Discussion in 'E-Cigarettes in Public' started by paleocon12111971, Oct 4, 2013.

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  1. paleocon12111971

    paleocon12111971 Full Member

    Feb 28, 2013
    Chicago, IL
    How do you assure them, if at all, that you are vaping an e-cigarette and not smoking an analog cigarette in an indoor public place? Honestly, we shouldn't have to prove anything to anybody, but for our own comfort, we often do things absentmindedly to help normalize a still fairly uncommon and yet highly stigmatized activity. For one, I usually tend to make sure that after I take a puff, the average bystander can still see my cig-a-like and notice that it's not burning like a regular cigarette would after a puff. I never try to hide my e-cig. If I'm in a restaurant and I intend to vape, it's always in my hand (which also helps with that whole sensory/fixation thing). I go out of my way to demonstrate that I'm not breaking any statewide laws. What kind of things, if anything, do you all do for the sake of non-smokers/non-vapers?
  2. Nermal

    Nermal Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 8, 2013
    Farmington, NM USA
    One little thing you can do is drop the device head first into a shirt pocket. Pretty soon, the shirt doesn't catch fire and they can draw their own conclusions.

    Other than that, it sounds like you've got things pretty well figured out.
  3. Laythor

    Laythor Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 16, 2013
    San Jose, CA
    if i'm know i'm going to be vaping in an indoor public place i'll usually grab a higher PG liquid. less cloud, less hassle.
  4. BardicDruid

    BardicDruid Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 25, 2009
    Central Texas
    That's the main reason I don't use a cig alike, it takes a real bone head to mistake my EA Clone and IBTank for an analog.
  5. Baldr

    Baldr Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 14, 2011
    Dallas, Tx
    When I first started vaping, I worried about that sort of thing. Now, I don't even think about it, I just vape.

    What changed?

    I think it's two things. One, there are more vapers around, with quite a few B&M vape shops in this area. And the bigger reason, I think, is that for two years I've been vaping in public and it's never been a big deal. After awhile, you quit worrying about it.
  6. Archimedes

    Archimedes Full Member

    Oct 8, 2013
    Washington DC, USA
    My thoughts exactly, when I first started vaping I had a few people mistake my cigalike for a clove cigarette. Soon upgraded to an eGo twist and that stopped happening and now I almost exclusively use mech mods (with a Kick 2 depending on what juice delivery I'm using)
  7. If and when the FDA concludes some sound peer reviewed studies that conclude the safety of second hand vape, there will be no sound legal argument to enact laws banning it. If they did that, I would demand no farting outside designated fart zones or demand surgically installed catalytic converters on all people to save the planet from dangerous methane.

    It is hysteria and not rational logic that is driving this issue.
  8. Diogenes

    Diogenes Moved On

    Nov 5, 2013
    Justice, IL
    I'm jealous. When I pull out my eGo Evod shorty, people say, "Hey, cool pen!" The best was the other night though. I pulled out my MVP with a Novi tank and was asked, "Is that a duck call?"
  9. Petrodus

    Petrodus Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Oct 12, 2010
    E-cigarettes are no big secret anymore.

    Fast forward to the bottom line ...
    E-cigarettes are here to stay !!

    Won't be too much longer before few vapers will even be concerned
    about pacifying non-smokers.
  10. TafkanX

    TafkanX Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Honestly I have yet to actually have anybody give me any guff over them (though I was there when a friend of mine had a little tiff with some police officers at a high school football game... I guess maybe I'm just a bit more discreet than her so I flew under the radar). The most common question I get from strangers is, "Does that work?" And then I go into e-cig pitching mode and pass them a business card for my preferred B&M to get started.

    The second most common comment I get (particularly from other vapors who are still using egos) is, "Holy bejeezus, that thing is enormous!" I love my SVD (yes, I carry it around in 18650 mode), which I endearingly refer to as my lightsaber :wub:
  11. BillyWJ

    BillyWJ Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 22, 2013
    The only thing I've been asked is "Is that for pot?"
  12. supertrunker

    supertrunker Living sarcasm Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Oct 12, 2012
    If anyone confuses my Reo for a cigarette then they need an eye test. The worrying thing is they probably drove to the venue. :blink:

    I vape in all public places and places that allow it. My work for example is happy with it.

    What i do not do - is run around the supermarket cloud-chasing!

  13. Mikeywolftm

    Mikeywolftm Full Member

    Dec 29, 2013
    Cheyenne, WY, USA
    I got a lot more grief for "smoking" when I was using my eGo (even though it was hot pink!) until I'd put it in my pocket immediately after hitting it. Now that I have my MVP I don't get that question. Although I do get asked a lot more if there are "other substances: in it. *sigh* I always carry at least one bottle of liquid on me so I can show that to people when they ask me about that.
  14. Jarbs

    Jarbs Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 16, 2013
    New Jersey
    i push the bottom end into their genitals and yell "SEE! IT DOESN'T BURN!"
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