When it first burst onto the scene roughly a decade ago, one of the best things about vaping was that you could vape pretty much anywhere you wanted. However, many venues have enforced stricter rules that prohibit 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 realize 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 the state has made it illegal to do so. If you decide to stealth vape in such a place, you could face prosecution for flouting the state laws. If you’re unsure of your state’s position on vaping, check out our State-By-State Guide to Vaping Laws in the USA.
Companies and organizations are also free to implement “no vaping” policies if they want to, 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 strange or annoying.
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 vapor is distracting. For those 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 vapor, 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.