An estimated one million individuals are thought to be using e-cigarettes in the UK, with estimates expecting them to outsell conventional cigarettes by 2047. Despite this however, ‘rules’ surrounding etiquette are lacking.
Heathrow airport has recently just opened the first “vaping” zone in the Terminal 4 international departure lounge. While all other forms of smoking are strictly prohibited elsewhere, this move has highlighted the need for further clarity on this matter.
Although e-cigarettes are not covered by the smoking ban, would you want to risk the wrath of colleagues at work or strangers on a night out? See below for our e-cigarette etiquette tips:
- Ask permission – Wherever you are it is always best to ask permission before you light up. Back in October Mothercare worker Michelle Capewell, 41, was suspended after smoking an e-cigarette in front of customers. She was asked to leave the store and use her e-cigarette outside. To avoid situations like this, make sure it’s ok first to avoid unnecessary rows.
- Avoid using e-cigarettes around young children – With the popularity of e-cigarettes on the rise, there are concerns that they risk glamorising smoking among young children – paving the way to the real thing. To avoid aggravating any friends or family with young children, it is best to think of “vaping” as you would do traditional smoking so you aren’t tempted to light up around children.
- Eating out – be considerate – For the diner who enjoys a smoke after their meal, consider going to stand outside. When you are trying to enjoy a romantic meal for example, someone puffing away next to you can be incredibly off putting. Judge the situation and get a feel for what might not be appropriate.
If you are a smoker who is looking to quit, hypnotherapy is a tool that could help you to become smoke-free. For further information, please see our Quit Smoking fact-sheet.
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