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When it comes to vaping in public, there’s good news, and there’s bad news. The good news is that vaping, so far as we can tell, doesn’t have the harmful effects of second-hand smoke. This means that vaping in public isn’t actively putting anyone’s health in danger.
The bad news is that a lot of people find vaping a nuisance. The New Zealand Ministry of Health has an excellent page on how vaping affects others. They mention that some people have asthma or other respiratory illnesses that can be triggered by vapour. Others simply find it unpleasant.
With all of that in mind, here are some tips on how you can vape in work or in public without causing grief to others.
The rules for vaping at work are simple: don’t vape indoors, and only vape in designated smoking areas. It’s treated basically exactly the same as smoking is.
When it comes to vaping outdoors, have respect for your co-workers. If you’re in a designated smoking area, but someone has asked you not to vape while they’re around, heed their request. A good relationship with your co-workers is worth the wait.
The laws regarding vaping in public are spelled out in Bill 30:The Non-Smokers Health Protection Amendment Act (E-Cigarettes). Vaping is banned in:
There are a few exceptions (you can read the bill to learn more), but in 99% of cases, it’s illegal to vape in the spaces we just listed.
That basically limits you to vaping outdoors while you’re in public. When you’re vaping outdoors, there are a few things you can do to limit negative reactions from others:
You can also try reducing the amount of vapour your exhale. You can do this by choosing lower VG juices and taking smaller puffs. When coupled with a discreet vape like the STLTH vape, people around you may not even realize you’re vaping!