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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. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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?

Guest:

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

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