Listen, I know you're happy you aren't smoking the stinkies anymore. And I know you love to chuck some clouds. But remember how non-smokers used to look at you when you fired up a cigarette beside them? Well I hate to be the one to break it to you but you might be getting those same looks when you start chucking those sick clouds. The following article is going to provide you with some tips on how not to be a douchebag when you vape. Trust me, this is for your own good.
Bring an Appropriate Device
If you're an avid vaper chances are you have a few different devices. I hate to say it but you may need to leave your Smok 320 with TFV12 in the car or at home when you're at Grandma's 80th birthday party at the fancy restaurant in town. I mean I get it, that's your favorite setup but it doesn't really fit in this situation. A more appropriate device might be a Boulder or Joyetech AIO where you're still getting your nicotine fix but it doesn't look like you're the pyrotechnics guy for an Aerosmith concert. That said, if you're hanging with your vaping friends at somebody's house by all means break out the big guns! This all really boils down to common sense folks. You have to be aware of your surroundings, who you are with, and their outlook on vaping. Blowing sick clouds at that fancy restaurant does kinda make you a douchebag.
Obey The Rules
This is another common sense rule really but you'd be surprised how many people do what they want anyway. Take a retail store for instance. There are probably signs on the front door that say "No Smoking". Well, you have the vapers that say, "I'm not smoking I'm vaping so that doesn't apply to me!", and vape away in the store. Not cool folks. You have to remember, it's not how you view yourself but how others view you. The devices we all use were originally called electronic CIGARETTES. Let that sink in. For most people if they see smoke of some sort coming out of your mouth you are "smoking". If you think I'm kidding that this is a problem, look at those same doors on those retail stores again. More and more "No Electronic Cigarettes" or "No Vaping" signs are popping up all over the place. Why? Because somebody was a douchebag and didn't play by the rules. If we keep playing by our own rules instead of having some common sense and courtesy we are doing nothing but promoting the negative stigma that surrounds vaping. Do your part by not being "that guy".
Know What You're Doing
If you're going to be the guy or girl rocking the sweet custom mech mod with some gnarly .1 ohm coils and blowing clouds that make Jesus jealous please please please KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING! Nothing will get you on TV, Youtube, or Facebook quicker than trying to show off for the camera and your device blows up in your face. I know you've probably seen these folks already, and if you haven't they're just a few key strokes away on the old Goggle search. If you truly want to send the vaping movement back to the stoneage and give the media more ammo against us simply be a douchebag and blow a couple fingers off. That's what you will see in the media. What you WON'T see is the idiot who did it say that they didn't really know what they were doing. You won't see them say they have no idea what Ohm's Law is, or how to build coils, or anything about battery safety. All you'll end up with is "that guy" crying about how dangerous vaping is and how he is going to sue the manufacturer.
It's pretty simple folks. Be a positive influence as a vaper. Know your surroundings and situations and vape appropriately. It's up to us to change the negative stigma that the media continues to give to the vaping community. If you haven't figured it out already, the media craves the douchebags in our culture. Exploding e-cigs make for great television. If you see a fellow vaper being a douchebag, call them out! If we all do our parts in whichever way we can it makes vaping so much more acceptable to the general public. Think of all the good vaping has done for you, your friends, your family. Don't ruin it in a quest for sick clouds at your Grandma's 80th birthday...she really isn't impressed.