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I began my vaping journey sometime in 2008 and while it did not last, it paved the way for the rest of my life, I began vaping again in 2010 and have not had a cigarette since. I am an IT Professional by trade, a family man and someone whom values friendships and honest opinions greatly. Vaping is a passion, a hobby and a way of life for me and something I take pleasure in sharing and enjoying with others.

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  1. I am a RN and I currently work in a large hospital. I was quite unhappy when we were told that electronic cigarettes were subject to the same restrictions as analogs.Their reasons had nothing to do with nicotine or second hand smoke.We were told that it was because it was an ELECTRONIC device. It defies logic.My cell phone is an electronic device. In addition, it is perfectly acceptable to chew nicotine gum or wear a nicotine patch. It feels like discrimination that is rooted in ignorance. E cigs have been accused and condemed without benefit of a trial. It is certain to be a rule that will not be changed. It is for big corporations to create new rules.It is almost impossible to have them removed.

  2. Susan, while i understand the point you are trying to make you need to remember that something like the Patch, Gum, or lozenges can be easily hidden or “disguised”. While I do agree that a lot of it may have to do with a certain level of ignorance; you need to remember that this is still something new and foreign to many people. While we do our best to educate ourselves about what we are doing to our bodies, the amount of misinformation, skepticism and and lack of data has people erring on the side of caution. You need to be mindful that not everyone will know exactly what vaping is, and that you are mimicking smoking. I hope that one day this won’t be an issue, but until then we need to concentrate on not making the situation worse.

  3. Funny, I was at a hospital for the past week due to an ill family member and I was vaping away. The nurses saw it and didn’t care. It’s not like I do it in common areas or blatantly, but nurses saw me doing it in the patient’s recovery room, they didn’t care.

    There should be a bit of discretion used when vaping in public areas and those with common sense can make that determination.

  4. Could not have said it better Ben!

  5. I was in the hospital for 2 1/2 weeks and most of the time allowed to vape. I was moved from one part to another, then another and one part thought I was doing drugs and took it away from me. After I got out of that part of the hospital I was able to vape again. It’s all about education. Also, I vape at work, at my desk. I have educated people that 2nd hand vapor is harmless and that it isn’t the same as smoking. The owner of the company does it, and one of the attorneys does as well (I work in a law firm). I vape on a plane in the restroom because one time I was just holding it and they told me to put it away even though I wasn’t using it. They were concerned it “gave the appearance of smoking”.

  6. Stealth vaping is key!
    You don’t have to produce huge clouds of vapor all the time.

    2 weeks ago today I vaped like a lab rat all day long in a long term intensive care facility as I sat by the bed and watched my Mother die… 2 days later I vaped in the church at the funeral services…

    I’ve vaped on airplanes, in movie theaters, restaurants, courtrooms, government facilities, in my cube at work, during conference room meetings, in stores, and just about any place else you can think of…

    When I’m in an area where it’s inappropriate to SMOKE I stealth vape!

    High PG content, low aroma factor juices… Or juices that have a aroma that blends in with my surroundings, (coffee flavors at work for example), Even unflavored nicotine PG base if necessary to keep anyone from noticing (on a plane for example)…

    I take smaller toots, do a 1/2 inhale, hold my breath for 3 to 5 seconds, complete the inhale to the bottom of my lungs, hold my breath for another 3 to 5 seconds, then blow down through pursed lips with a bit of pressure like a slightly exaggerated sigh…

    Done properly there is no visible vapor, and with the right juice and a small device even the person sitting right beside me never has a clue.

    I’ve practiced this maneuver for many hours until I have it completely mastered, and have never been caught, or had a complaint of any kind.

    I vape for my personal well being, not for show… and NOT to make a point!

    If I want to blow huge clouds for fun, I do it in my own home, or areas where smoking is acceptable…

  7. It is quite annoying when vaping is lumped in with smoking merely because they look the same. But, fortunately there have been plenty of instances for people who were allowed to vape in a public place because the others thought e-cigs were ‘fake cigarettes.’ Score one for us?

  8. I work in a hospital and we let our patient’s vape…., which is better than smoking with oxygen! I vape as well and discretion is key at work if it is not acceptable. When I am in restaurants I step into the bathroom if I can’t wait (which usually isn’t the case). I think that some people are always looking to demonize something that they don’t approve of or understand. However, I am always respectful of those around me. I have been vaping for over a year and I don’t even crave a real cig (15 year newport smoker).

  9. I would be annoyed by seeing a fellow vaper vape inside a public place. It’s just very showy and distracting as people aren’t used to seeing that behavior now that smoking has been banned for so long. By all means just vape outside like you used to do when you smoked cigarettes. Eventually people will likely realize there is no harm in vaping and invite vapers indoors. But we shouldn’t force our lifestyles upon others.

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