October 23, 2013

e-Cigarette Manners (or is it dogma?)

From time to time, the question on when to vape in public hits the mainstream etiquette columns. Sometimes the results are amusing like that time Miss Manners thought we were living in the world of Downton Abbey. The answer that came out of Mr. Manners (no relation) was a little more modern, but alas it deferred heavily on the side of prohibitionist dogma, deferring to a certain vaping arch-villain for part of the advice.

Digital Dilemmas: What’s the Etiquette of E-Cigarettes?

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.

Sadly, apparently the only myth to be found there was everything after the bold text. Apparently the consensus of other regulars of the column is to treat it the same way as smoking and go outside. Perhaps grudgingly, the author also suggested asking the management of an individual establishment as plan b. Maybe that was plan b because it would make for a much shorter column, and there's probably a word count requirement or something.

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