Celebrities are now on the e-cigarette bandwagon. Johnny Depp, Katherine Heigel and Leonardo DiCaprio have been spotted in New York and Los Angeles, making e-cigarettes even more attractive to smokers looking for a way to curb their habit. Seth Meyers even wrote an article about how e-cigarettes helped him quit smoking for Psychology Today.
Celebrities Have Discovered E-Cigarettes – But will that Make It Easier for Other Vapers to Use them in Public?
All these celebrity sightings have certainly boosted the visual appeal of e-cigarettes, and more people are using e-cigs in bars, restaurants and nightclubs. In most states, the owner of a restaurant, bar or other establishment decides whether or not patrons can use a vapor cigarette. If the owner doesn’t know what an e-cig is, explain how it works and its benefits. Most restaurant owners will understand. Some might be oppressive about anything that merely looks like a cigarette being used in their establishment.
Coffee and No Cigarettes
A warning to all latte aficionados – Starbucks won’t allow e-cigarettes in any of their restaurants or within 25 feet of them, but most chain restaurants handle e-cig use on a case-by-case basis.
E-cigarettes emit a small amount of vapor and are odorless, so there’s little chance that using them will interfere with another patron’s meal. Smoke and smell were the two biggest complaints people voiced about tobacco cigarettes, and e-cigarettes don’t cause those problems. Most patrons won’t even notice you’re using one unless it’s pointed out to them. Restaurants, combined with bars and nightclubs are more e-cig friendly, since they’re geared to socializing for the over-18 crowd.
The E-Cigarette Guessing Game
The scattershot approach to e-cig use in public is a little frustrating for vapers, but understandable when you realize that non-smokers may be unfamiliar with the device.
E-cigarettes are cheaper and cleaner than analog tobacco cigarettes, and while most e-cigs contain nicotine, they lack the tar and chemicals that make tobacco smoking so dangerous. The effects of e-cigarettes haven’t been widely studied yet on a clinical environment, so use them responsibly and follow manufacturer instructions. AmericaneLiquidStore has an overview of public e-cigarette use here.
Some states have passed laws that prohibit e-cigarette use under certain circumstances or in certain areas. E-cigarettes are banned in public facilities in North Dakota. Arizona, Maryland and Colorado have banned the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. New Jersey treats e-cigs like tobacco, placing them under similar restrictions. In New York State, e-cigarettes can’t be sold to minors or used within 100 feet of a school. E-cigarette use is also prohibited on Long Island Railroad and Metro North trains in New York.
As you can see, regulation is hit or miss no matter where you live. Always ask before vaping. If you don’t ask permission first, use your e-cigarette discreetly, blowing vapor into an empty bottle and avoiding prying eyes. In most jurisdictions, you won’t be cited for wrongdoing if you are caught, but you may cause a confrontation with restaurant patrons or staff. It’s best to wait until you get home (or go to a vape-friendly environment) to use your e-cig.
Give AmericaneLiquidStore a call at 877-367-9988 or visit us online. We have a great selection of e-cigarettes from different manufacturers, batteries, accessories, starter kits and dozens of fruit and custom eLiquids to suit all tastes. Contact us today if you’re looking for a cleaner alternative to tobacco cigarettes.