Government bans on vaping in public areas are at an all-time high. It seems every other news article that’s related to vaping is about another town or state imposing bans on the use of electronic cigarettes. Recently, Delaware is telling folks to “take it outside” and has banned vaping indoors. Snohomish County in Washington State is considering a ban on vaping in public places. “Out of control vaping” has led to Hawaii being the first state to impose the highest smoking age yet, 21. The amount of vape friendly locations is shrinking fast, and anti-vape propaganda is flourishing. Everyday more of us are being pushed to the fringe, forced to standby and combat the second hand smoke and smells dispersed by cigarettes. My question for you, dear reader, is this: what is causing society to be so hostile towards vaping?
One simple thing we can do to preserve vape friendly locations for the the future is to simply mind our manners. As vapers, we should try to be as courteous as possible. Have you ever been stuck walking behind someone smoking a cigarette? Then you should know how annoying it is to dodge and duck the plumes of smoke, while vigorously trying to pass the individual so as not to choke on smoke. Or perhaps you’re enjoying a drink or a meal on the patio of your favorite establishment. The waiter brings over your libations, and just as you’re about to indulge yourself, you become engulfed in a cloud of smoke.
No one likes second hand smoke, and believe it or not, some people are equally bothered by second hand vape. There are even people out there with allergies and sensitivities to things like nicotine and propylene glycol. Basic situational awareness is important when vaping in public. Always ask “can I vape here?”, or check with those around you if vaping bothers them. If we want more vape friendly places, we must be friendlier vapers. That person who you accidentally blasted in the face with a cloud of vapor could be someone who is lobbying against our rights to vape, and you just gave them another reason to fight against us.
Here at Mt. Baker Vapor, we are constantly trying to promote vape-friendly habits and locations. With all of this in mind, I would like to extend an offer to all you vape fans out there:
Submit your favorite vape-friendly locations, and vape-friendly tips to firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet them @MtBakerVapor with #vapefriendly. We will share your submissions on social media, and our favorite ones will receive some free samples of Mt. Baker Vapor e-juice!