Do You Have Bad ‘E-Cig’ Form? on Vaping Etiquette

There’s an interesting article on Philly.com, which looks at so-called ‘vaping etiquette’. The article really focuses on the problem of restaurants and bars, and other public places where the rest of the public might feel a little bit aggrieved that you are choosing to vape.

This is actually becoming a rather serious issue, with some establishment owners struggling to know what to do about it. Since there is no obvious legislation, many are taking the matter into their own hands and asking customers to leave, because the vaping is affecting other people. 

This article simply asks a question of other people, but it starts off with a ridiculous fallacy.

Myth No. 2: E-cigarettes are healthy. Again, not so fast. While e-cigarettes release vapor instead of smoke, “they do emit toxic chemicals into the environment,” says Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine and director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco. So far, they are not FDA-approved and there’s very little research to show their long-term effects.

We all know that toxins are not released into the atmosphere by electronic cigarettes, because there are no significant toxins in e-liquid (trace amounts of expected Tobacco-specific nitrosamines, extremely TRACE amounts have been noted – a byproduct from the generally pharmaceutical-grade nicotine, i.e. the same stuff as is used in nicotine lozenges, gum, the patch etc.)

“They have been detected in American style “smokeless” tobacco products, but Health New Zealand concluded, in their study, that carcinogens and toxicants were present only below harmful levels.”

The nicotine in ecigs is not some unknown new synthetic nicotine (research into synthetic nicotine production by big tobacco essentially came up bankrupt in the 19070’s) – yet it is as purified from tobacco extracts as is feasible (or maybe Tomato extract :) nicotine exists in trace amounts in tomatoes and several other plants!). This notion of ecigarettes and eliquid using some hypothetical synthetic nicotine however I have seen noted incorrectly in several prominant articles online like this webmd one.

What there is in that vapor is so inconsequential it is almost laughable, and this is why the things are so safe. There is no such thing as ‘passive vaping’ – several studies  (though not recognized by the pharma-backed ‘accepted medical literature’) put this to rest last year, so there is no reason to worry about it in this way.

More pressing concerns for e-cigs

The article does go on to look at more pressing concerns, namely the impact of e-cigs on public places, which need to decide whether or not they are going to ban e-cigs or let them be. In London recently things have come to a head, with many restaurants complaining about the fact that they have people in there vaping away. This causes problems, and has made some restaurant owners take the only option they feel they have open to them, throwing the patrons out.

We think the most appropriate anonymous comment comes here:

“… I would think that the etiquette for e-cigarettes would be exactly the same as for cigarettes. If the restaurant does not permit smoking, either because of their own rules or local laws, of course you would not light up an e-cigarette.”

This makes sense to anyone who is even the slightest bit rational and objective, and shows that people can look at an issue in a balanced way, no matter the impact it is having on the community.

Personally, we have to agree that it is bad form to vape in a restaurant. If we are sitting there with our sirloin steak, all ready to eat, and a plume of vapor floats across it, we’re going to feel just a little bit annoyed. Don’t get us wrong, it is nothing like cigarettes, which were evil and stank. But there is still the issue of personal space, and this is a basic issue.

Still doesn’t excuse that ridiculous piece of misinformation about toxins though…

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