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  1. Father Luke

    Father Luke Senior Member ECF Veteran

    I'm moving to Portland Oregon September 1st.
    I'm looking for meetings in the area.


    Then (I said there were two things), has anyone here vaped at meetings?

    We AA's can be hardliners. Not as hard line as the FDA, but we can
    be stubborn. I was wanting to hear any stories about this.


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    Father Luke
  2. Robert

    Robert Moved On

    Jun 18, 2009
    San Diego, CA.
    I go to a weekly Alanon meeting- I vape after the meeting. I've told a few about how I quit smoking using my 510. They were all happy for me.
  3. Father Luke

    Father Luke Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Well. I'm typing these words imagining what would happen if I just
    pulled my prodigy out at a non smoking meeting and let loose a few
    clouds of vapor.

    I'm not one for drawing attention to myself, nor am I one for alienating
    people about vaping. But I am wondering if vaping caught on in the 12
    step groups it would have enormous support as ammunition against
    ASH and the FDA.

    Recovery is one of the biggest old buddy networks around, at a few
    million strong.

    Hint, hint...

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    Father Luke
  4. Mossman

    Mossman Full Member

    Jun 16, 2009
    Lowell, MA
    Congrats on the move, Father Luke... I don't know where you're moving from, but change is good...

    I vape at meetings, but not during the meeting itself... Out here (Massachusetts) all meetings are non-smoking meetings... Typically, they're an hour and a half long, with a 10-15 minute break in the middle... I just vape with the smokers during the break, and put it away when I go back in. People have commented that it would probably be acceptable to vape inside, but I don't want to be a disruptive element, or a distraction while the meeting is going on. Or to paraphrase something that was said by another member of this forum: Blowing bubbles is perfectly harmless to the people around me, but I wouldn't start doing that in the middle of a meeting, either...

    I've gotten mixed reactions to my vaping from the smokers at meetings... Some people think it's great, some people think it's stupid, while others have a mildly hostile reaction to it... Like using an e-cig is wrong somehow... They don't know why they feel that way... They just don't think I should be using it (as they choke on their analogs) as if I showed up at a meeting drinking an O'Doul's, or something... Then there's still others who want to wag their fingers and parrot whatever FDA nonsense they may have heard or read about them.

    Suffice it to say, if I whipped out an e-cig while a meeting was in progress, I'm sure somebody would want to say something about it... I'd rather not put myself in a position where I have to defend my vaping... I also don't want to get in the way of someone getting the message because they're too distracted by my plumes of vapor. :thumbs:
  5. Father Luke

    Father Luke Senior Member ECF Veteran

    I'm moving for love. My girl friend and her four kids live in Oregon.

    Hilarious. Thanks for a great analogy.


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    Father Luke
  6. Johnny Paranoid

    Johnny Paranoid Full Member

    Feb 1, 2010
    Waterford, MI
    I generally don't unless it's a smoking meeting and others are on their analogs. Really, I just don't want to show them up if they can't smoke. It doesn't seem fair.
  7. Bill77094

    Bill77094 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Yeah, I vape outside after the meeting. I don't want my vaping to be the topic of a group conscience. I would LOVE to vape during a meeting one of these days, maybe when there are more of us vapers.
  8. clyde2801

    clyde2801 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Not a problem with it during NS meetings. I try to be considerate and stealth vape. Lots of questions, but no objections. If anyone does object, I'll quit doing it.
  9. BardicDruid

    BardicDruid Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 25, 2009
    Central Texas
    I do it before and after meetings when I can answer questions, and boy there are usually a lot them. Read my sig, those who know me know to ask first.
  10. No Brag

    No Brag Super Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 12, 2010
    Meetings are where I learned about vaping. We don't vape during meetings, but we do before and after.
  11. MsOceanCity

    MsOceanCity Super Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 7, 2009
    New Jersey
    I do the same and get the same. I always have an ample supply of business cards from my favorite e-cig company in my pocket, to hand out to those who are interested.
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