As my readers know, I welcome guest posts on this site. The following guest post is by Mark Benson (SEO & Social Media Marketing Manager for OKCigs.co.uk) I do hope that you find it informative.
Would you feel comfortable smoking an electronic cigarette in public?
Over the last few months there has been increased focus upon electronic cigarettes both from a regulatory point of view and a social angle. While it may not be common knowledge, electronic cigarettes do not fall under the umbrella of the smoking ban introduced in many countries around the world and it is perfectly legal to smoke an electronic cigarette in public. So, why do so many people feel uncomfortable using an electronic cigarette in public?
There are many different factors to take into consideration when looking at electronic cigarettes and their use in public. We will now review some of the difficulties facing electronic cigarette users and how the public perception of these devices is changing.
What does an electronic cigarette produce?
If you had no idea about the workings of an electronic cigarette you may be forgiven for automatically assuming that users exhale some form of smoke. The reality is that the elements which are exhaled by users are nothing but nicotine flavoured water which is vaporised by the heating element in the device.
There have been numerous investigations into what is to all intents and purposes a “flavoured vapour” and there is no evidence of secondary smoking issues. Secondary smoking is one of the major problems associated with tobacco cigarettes and indeed the main reason why the no smoking ban was introduced in public places. It is a common misconception that there are secondary smoking issues with electronic cigarettes and it is only through reasoned debate and discussion that the finer points of electronic cigarettes can be explained.
Do you feel socially comfortable?
Despite the fact that legally there is no reason why you cannot smoke an electronic cigarette in public, they can sometimes attract unwanted attention mainly from tobacco cigarette smokers who are restricted in where they can light up. People looking and people commenting can make electronic cigarette users feel comfortable and unfortunately, until there is further education about electronic cigarettes, this can be off putting.
If you smoke your electronic cigarette with confidence and you are prepared to explain any issues which others may have, there is no reason why you should feel uncomfortable from a social point of view. It is perhaps the opportune time to explain there are none of the 4000+ toxins which are associated with tobacco cigarettes and what you are inhaling and exhaling is basically nicotine flavoured water. The vapour very quickly disappears once it hits the air leaving the smoker with their nicotine hit and no toxins in the environment.
Do governments need to take the lead?
Despite the fact that governments around the world, as well as electronic cigarette users, are fully aware that electronic cigarettes do not come under the no-smoking ban, they do not necessarily promote this matter. There are suspicions that governments are looking at some way to add additional taxation to electronic cigarettes to make up in some shape for the expected loss of income from tax on tobacco cigarettes. Whether or not this is right remains to be seen but we do need to bear in mind that the call for further medical trials is accepted by all parties.
At this moment in time many governments around the world have not publicly taken any standpoint on electronic cigarettes which you could argue is denying users the opportunity to smoke in public with no undue pressure. Once the regulatory issues have been reviewed and assessed, and any changes made, we will likely see more advice issued by governments around the world. Until then, it is up to electronic cigarette manufacturers, retailers and users to educate the wider public about how electronic cigarettes work and what they actually produce.
While ecigs are certainly becoming very popular around the world you may have questions such as, how do electronic cigarettes work?. Check out the OKCigs website for more information.
Financial Disclosure: I have no financial or affiliate connection to the OKCigs.com products and this post is posted simply as a coutesy to my readers.