One of the good things about vaping when it first burst onto the scene roughly a decade ago was that you could vape pretty much anywhere you wanted. However, stricter rules are now in place that stops vaping in a lot of different places. To combat this, some vapers practice “stealth vaping”, but this doesn’t necessarily solve the problem and in many cases can just cause further issues. Here we take a look at what stealth vaping is and why people do it.
Stealth vaping is the act of vaping in a secret or clandestine way so as not to draw attention to the fact that you are vaping. Many people stealth vape in locations where vaping is not allowed or when they don’t want others to realise that they are vaping.
Vaping somewhere you shouldn’t isn’t a great idea for a number of reasons. First off, there are many places that don’t allow vaping because it is illegal to do so. If you decide to stealth vape in such a place, you could also face prosecution for flouting the law. If you’re unsure of where you can and can’t vape, check out some of the articles in our Explore Vaping section.
Companies and organisations are also free to implement no vaping policies should they so wish, so if you’ve made the decision to go there, you should be respectful of their choice or find somewhere that allows vaping and head there instead. If you’re out with other people it’s also worth considering how they’ll react to your stealth vaping. Whilst some people might not be too bothered by stealth vaping, others might find it a bit strange.
The reason that vaping isn’t allowed in certain places, such as restaurants or bars, is often because other customers may feel that the smell and presence of the vaping is distracting. For those people who choose not to vape, this seems like a fair point. If you were enjoying your meal and get a conflicting smell wafting over, it might spoil your experience.
If you simply want to avoid flooding the room or your immediate surroundings with vapour, potentially because you are in the company of people who don’t vape, then stealth vaping is fine. In this circumstance, you’re just making sure that you don’t annoy your friends and family by vaping to excess. If vaping is to be considered as a totally normal part of everyday life in the future, it’s probably best that you don’t give people who don’t vape a reason to dislike it.