AirTalk for December 26, 2013

Is there a graceful way to puff e-cigarettes in public places?

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Catharine Candelario, an employee at the newly opened Henley Vaporium, vapes, or smokes an electronic cigarette, on December 19, 2013 in New York City.

Smokers have long been banned from lighting up at work and public spaces, instead relegated to taking a puff huddled in doorways. While the rules are clear for traditional smokers, the growth in use of e-cigarettes is raising questions about where e-cig users can exhale their ‘vapors’.

So far, there is no evidence that the ‘smoke’ exhaled from e-cigarettes is harmful. For this reason, e-cig users say they should be able to light up anywhere. But etiquette experts argue that you shouldn’t use an e-cigarette anywhere you can’t smoke a traditional cigarette.

Where are some of the places you’ve seen someone use an e-cigarette? Should the same rules apply for e-cigarette and traditional cigarette use?


Steven Petrow, Etiquette Expert and author of Manners in the Digital Age: Navigating Life in an Age Without Rules

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