By YEE YANG
No smoking signs. We’ve seen them everywhere: in restaurants, shopping malls, public transport, planes … and the list goes on.
As time goes by, more and more places have started banning smoking due to its well known bad effects on health.
Growing up, we’ve been conditioned to know instinctively where it is socially acceptable to light up and where it might not be.
However, with vaping picking up steam recently, the lines on where you can and cannot vape are getting blurred. It’s not technically smoking, so does it still count?
Vaping hasn’t been proven to be harmful, so do the usual rules still apply?
The question then becomes, what is proper vaping etiquette?
I’m sure we’ve all once seen vapers ignorantly spewing clouds of vapour in an enclosed place with others nearby; or puffing away while the family at the next table sits quietly while holding their breath, too polite to cause a scene.
Surely there are places where you should, or should not vape?
Where to vape
Places that are usually more relaxed about vaping are places which already allow smoking, such as pubs or bars. It would usually be safe to fire up your mod anywhere outdoors as well, unless specified otherwise.
Indoor places with designated smoking areas, such as airports and cinemas would also be fine with you pulling out your mod for a puff. However, make sure you keep your vaping in the specified areas to avoid landing in hot water!
Lastly, it would also be fine to vape at home, providing your family members or roommates don’t have any issues with your vaping. But again, don’t take the people who live with you for granted. It’s always safer to ask first.
Where not to vape
Personally, I tend to rely on the presence of “no smoking” signs as a good indicator of whether it’d be acceptable to start vaping. If the establishment has an issue with anyone lighting up, it probably wouldn’t be too keen on anyone vaping either.
Other places which are usually off limits for vaping involves anything indoors, including supermarkets, cinemas, airports, and places of religious worship.
I’ve lost count of the amount of times some people have ignorantly blown out thick clouds of vapour in small enclosed areas, which usually leaves everyone else in a slightly hazy interior.
Unless specifically allowed by the establishment, I usually adopt an ask-first policy before powering up my trusty mod.
Similarly, any place with children around tends to be a no-no as well. If parents don’t like other people smoking near their children, it’d be a safe bet to assume that they feel the same way about vaping.
Though vaping carries none of the hazards associated with smoking, it is still perceived as a “negative influence” to young ones. This rule also applies to playgrounds, even though they are usually outdoors.
In short, try to not vape in places where your vaping might negatively influence those around you. When unsure, there’s no harm in asking!