vaping etiquette: seeing through the fog;

While smoking in now banned in most indoor places, vaping strictly isn’t – which means it’s a great alternative for those looking for a nicotine fix without the inconvenience of having to go outside to find a place deemed legal for smoking. Right now, it’s completely legal to vape wherever you want, yet many public places, as well as businesses, have vaping bans in place.

Rules aside, it’s important be aware of those around you. Call it ‘vaping etiquette’, if you will. Here are some basic etiquette tips for vaping around others especially on a night out.

Cloud generation

Generally, if you’re out and about, you’re good to vape, but it’s important to be conscious of who or what’s going on around you. Most clubs and gigs have smoke machines which comprise of similar ingredients found in eliquids, so you’d think you were fine to crack on, right?

More and more vapers are getting into sub-ohming. These supped-up kits produce far greater clouds and it’s virtually impossible to be discreet in a small place with them. The most important thing to consider is the proximity to others in a crowded club and ensure not to blow clouds at head height. Especially if you’re producing bigger clouds.

When vaping in public, the key is to use basic common-sense. If you’re in a busy street, queuing for a bus, or at an outdoor café, then maybe leave the bigger pipe at home and pack something more suitable for being on the go.

Mitchell Museum live in Glasgow, 2010

Where is vaping not allowed?

Shops, bars and clubs may have different rules or guidelines regarding vaping on the premises. Some may even have designated areas for vaping to encourage footfall. With restaurants, unless there’s a dedicated vaping area, it’s better to step outside. Some big café, restaurant and pub chains have already banned vaping completely. These include Wetherspoons, Starbucks, KFC, All Bar One and Caffe Nero. Many supermarkets, including Tesco, Sainsburys, Morrisons and Lidl operate similar policies, so check out the warning signs on the way in before you start vaping in the veg section.

Public transport

Many public transport operators are cracking down on vaping also. In the UK, these include Southern Rail, Virgin Trains, First Capital Connect and Transport For London. Vaping is banned in nearly all major UK airports, apart from Heathrow.

When it comes to buses, if your local provider hasn’t already banned vaping, there’s a very good chance someone sitting nearby will object to you vaping. With taxis, if there’s a screen between you and the driver, it’s a little more flexible, but, again, ask the driver first.

Conquering Animal Sound live in Glasgow, 2014

Still a little unsure? Here’s some tips and kit to help you out

If you’re still unsure, it’s best to play it safe and arm yourself with some vaping kit to keep you on the right side of situation. There are loads of less powerful vaping kits on the market and less fragrant eliquids to choose from. Here’s what you need to know.

Sub Ohm vs Mouth to Lung Coils

Sub-ohming requires taking the cloud directly down (like an inhaler). ‘Mouth to lung’ vaping is pretty much the same technique as smoking and creates far smaller clouds. There are some great kits on the market that are built to work both ways like the Aspire Pockex All In One Starter Kit. When in public spaces – consider sticking to ‘mouth to lung’ vaping.

PG vs VG in eliquids

PG (Propylene Glycol) is used to give eliquids that throat hit that simulates smoking. It produces little in the way of clouds. VG (Vegetable Glycerin) is used to create the vaping clouds. Eliquids traditionally would be mixed 50/50 however, over the last year or so, it’s become more popular to go 30/70, 20/80 or 100% VG. Reason being, creating clouds is pretty fun and most full-time vapers don’t really need to simulate smoking. The flavours tend to be richer and smoother with VG. But this causes vape clouds to be much bigger.

So – check our liquids. Maybe pack a 50/50 if you’re headed out. 50/50s are more suited to ‘mouth to lung’ vaping too.

She Makes War live in Glasgow, 2012


If you’re vaping to replace smoking, then it’s really the nicotine you’re after. Most sub-ohmers won’t go above 6mg of nicotine. When ‘mouth to lung’ vaping, you take far less vape in, therefore, you could consider using a 12mg nicotine eliquid. This way, you get the taste and nicotine needed, without the huge clouds.

Flavours and smells

One of the great things with vaping is it generally smells nice and there is a massive range of eliquid flavours and brands. There are however, a few flavours that tend to smell stronger than others. You might want to avoid tobacco flavours, or complex and unusual flavours. Fruit and sweet flavours tend to be more pleasant or discreet than rich coffee flavours, for instance. Check the reviews – see what people are saying about the liquid before you buy. Strong/unpleasant smelling liquids usually get called out!

Enjoy it while you can – but be respectful of others

At the moment all of these guidelines are just that – etiquette – that demonstrates that you respect the space of others around you. However, vaping is still a relatively new phenomenon and we’re moving closer and closer to the time when legislation will inevitably limit where and perhaps even when you can vape.

In the meantime, continue to enjoy your vaping, but be respectful to others, in the same way that you’d expect them to be respectful to you.

Post written by Davey Clough AKA Mr No Hands (head honcho at the Life Support Machine music blog) on behalf of Vape Club. Quitting smoking has been a tough journey. I’ve started, stopped and started again. Had NHS support and done the patches. I’ve finally found a workable solution in vaping and it’s had me off the cigs for 2 years. What’s more – I really enjoy vaping. It’s no longer just a solution, it’s a hobby. My aim is to encourage any smoker give it go. Here in this post, my passion for vaping and music have collided!

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