Because electronic cigarettes are still relatively new, a lot of people have never heard of them and don’t know what they are. Exhaling vapor looks almost exactly like exhaling the smoke from a cigarette, so it is VERY important not to draw too much attention to your vaping when you’re in a public, indoors place such as a restaurant or bar, as that can draw negative attention, especially from the owner, waiters, and bouncers.
One of our goals as vapers is to avoid any negative reputation, considering the government is currently trying to ban them.
People immediately associate the vapor with smoke, and even if they know it’s an electronic cigarette, they likely will not want to see people blatantly vaping indoors. Second-hand vapor is harmless (actually, non-smokers usually enjoy the pleasant aromas), but most people don’t know that and will assume the worst.
The best solution is only to vape indoors when you’re in private and will not draw negative attention to yourself. However, I know that’s somewhat unrealistic because one of the greatest benefits of switching from cigarettes to the e-cig is the ability to vape indoors without stinking up the place.
The second-best solution is stealth vaping. The longer you hold in a drag from your e-cig, the less visible the vapor will be when you exhale. You can discreetly bring your e-cig to your lips, take a short drag, hold your breath until there’s almost no vapor to exhale (you can experiment with how long is necessary), then blow the remaining vapor downwards, down your chest. This minimizes, or if you get really good at it, eliminates the possibility of anyone noticing that you’re vaping. Again, although you may be tempted, please do NOT blatantly vape in public, indoors. We do not need any negative attention, and it could result in you being thrown out of the establishment since it is up to the discretion of the owner whom he or she allows in.
Lastly, make sure to check your state laws as several states have banned indoor vaping.