Well done for making the choice to switch to an electronic cigarette by the way. Once you’ve found the best e-cig for you, I’m sure you’ll have a grand old time with it. The thing you need to remember of course, is that not everyone knows what an electronic cigarette actually is. For the most part, the smoking experience is so true to life, people might actually think you are smoking in places you are not allowed… This is where e-cigarette etiquette comes into play.
Of course, the popularity of e-cigarettes has grown over recent years and now, in the UK, it is said that 2.1 million adults were using them. That was as of April 2014. A third of all of those users are ‘ex-smokers’. This means that they have quit smoking “regular” cigarettes altogether by switching to their electronic counterparts.
Two-thirds of that 2.1 million British adults are ‘current’ smokers. They were using electronic cigarettes in a bid to cut down on the amount they are smoking, not only to save money, but also for the health benefits too.
This means that electronic cigarettes have helped over 700,000 people to quit smoking already, and 1.3 million adults are well on their way to becoming smoke-free. It’s a nice thought isn’t it – becoming completely smoke-free.
It’s funny because when you look back, in 2010 only 8.2% of all smokers had ever tried an e-cigarette. In 2014, that number had risen dramatically to over 50% – 51.7 percent in fact.
According to the studies, over 95% of all smokers had now heard of the electronic cigarettes, and 90% of non-smokers too. This means that awareness of electronic cigarettes is on the rise. That’s good news for those that want to enjoy their e-cigarette in the local shopping centre. What also helps is those little stalls that keep popping up to encourage you to make the change. Next time you walk past, check out the name. Then come back and have a read of the review! 😉
Anyway, I digress. Back to e-cigarette etiquette… You should probably have a read of these:
- Just because you know that you are smoking an electronic cigarette doesn’t mean that everyone else around knows that you are smoking an electronic cigarette too. This is even more so the case for those that are choosing to smoke e-cigarettes that look like “real” cigarettes. Brands such as SkyCig, for example, can easily be confused with a “regular” cigarette.
- Where possible, try to get an e-cigarette that doesn’t look too real… There are a lot of different designs out there now. The tank-style designs seem to be really taking off and people are less likely to confuse these with “regular” cigarettes because they don’t look anything like them.
- If you are going to go for the e-cig that looks most like the real thing, get one with an end that burns blue or green rather than orange. At least then you have something that distinguishes you apart from the other smokers. You may also want to consider getting a different coloured battery too. In short, the less it looks like an e-cigarette, the less hassle you are going to get.
- Remember that not everyone knows what this new gadget is, so try to avoid getting too angry with those that question what you are doing. The first few times, you will be more than happy to answer questions about the weird smoking thing that you are putting in your mouth but after that, it’s gong to get real old, real quick. Learn to take it on the chin. For the most part, people are just curious… And that’s only those that don’t know.
- Try not to be too blasé about your new smoking habits. Just because you can smoke in the privacy of that restaurant doesn’t mean that you need to do so while highlighting the act and blowing your fake-smoke all over everyone. Be polite about it. Try to smoke discreetly. Don’t be obvious in inappropriate places and make it obvious that you are “rebelling” against the rules. Try to have a little discretion about you. Life will be much easier if you do!
- Some places DO regulate the use of e-cigarettes. For the example, the O2 in London has clear signs all around the place saying that you can’t smoke e-cigarettes there… despite the fact that these e-cigarettes are advertised all over the venue. It’s crazy really but rules are rules and if you says you can’t smoke your e-cigarette there, don’t be surprised if you get a bunch of hassle when you get questioned for going against what they asked.
At the end of the day, answering a question is easier than calming down a heated debate so if anyone asks what you think you are doing, always answer with a cheery “It’s an electronic cigarette, don’t worry. It’s not a real one!” and follow the rules for e-cigarette etiquette! You never know – you might just convert someone! 🙂