Top vaping etiquette tips revealed by experts to respect those around you

Etiquette experts have revealed the vaping do’s and don’ts including never during mealtimes, not during Zoom calls, and if in doubt, ask.

More and more people are vaping, but 60 per cent of West Midlands locals who use nicotine products admit they’re baffled by social vaping etiquette.

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And more than half claim public vaping is a ‘social minefield.’

But help is here – leading authority on etiquette and behaviour, Debrett's have teamed up with Vuse to update its advice.

The tips were developed after a study of 2,000 adult nicotine users found a whopping 80 per cent of those living in the West Midlands think vaping etiquette is ‘important.’

A spokesperson for Debrett's said: “The number of people who vape in the UK has increased significantly in recent years, but the rules around vaping are not always clear.

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“Five years on from our first guide to vaping etiquette, we’re delighted to team up with Vuse to share our top tips for being a courteous and considerate vaper.”

According to the etiquette guide, if it’s not apparent whether the public area you’re in allows vaping, simply ask a member of staff.

And if the answer is no, “take this news with good grace” because that way “people will appreciate your good manners and consideration.”

The guide also advises against vaping in “small spaces like lifts or public loos” and “hospitals or other healthcare settings.”

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Around three in 10 (29 per cent) people living in the West Midlands don’t think it’s okay to vape in hospitals and 23 per cent believe vaping in lifts should be off limits.

And a quarter (24 per cent) feel the same way about vaping in public toilets.

Be mindful in public

The tips also state “engulfing others – or their surroundings – in a vape cloud is not socially acceptable.”

And a fifth of West Midlands locals seem to agree – they believe vape users should turn down the wattage on their device when vaping in public to reduce clouds as much as possible.

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When it comes to food, there is no ambiguity: “vapers shouldn’t vape while consuming food or drink.”

Almost three in 10 West Midlands-based adults polled appear to share this opinion - arguing restaurants should be off limits for vapers.

And a fifth feel think vaping shouldn’t take place where food is being prepped.

Workplace vaping is not recommended – “unless your employer has given permission”, while doing it during meetings, Zoom calls, and job interviews can suggest someone is “not focused.”

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Three in 10 people who reside in the West Midlands - which were polled by OnePoll - think an office workplace setting isn’t a suitable place for vaping.

A spokesperson for Vuse, which commissioned the research, said: “We hope this newly updated guidance will spare vape users any awkward situations – as the study shows there is lots of confusion over what’s good vaping social etiquette.

“But clearly it’s important to respect those around you and be as accommodating as you can.”

Vaping etiquette

· If in doubt, just ask

· Respect personal space

· Know your audience

· Defer to your hosts

· Remember food and vaping don’t mix

· Work-based vaping looks vapid

· Respect others’ views

Electronic cigarettes may be hazardous to health and contain nicotine which is addictive. They are not suitable for use by: people under the age of 18; people who are allergic/sensitive to nicotine; pregnant or breast-feeding women; people who should avoid using tobacco or nicotine products for medical reasons; or people with an unstable heart condition, severe hypertension or diabetes. Keep them out of reach of children.

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