Vapers are still facing a stigma in the workplace, and this tends to be because they’re not afraid to blow those enormous clouds of vapor around the office. Even though it may be harmless, it can still get on people’s nerves. It’s not dangerous like second-hand smoke, but it’s still important to clarify if indoor vaping is acceptable and should be allowed in your workplace.
So in this article, we’re going to give you a couple of tips on how to make vaping more enjoyable at work and remove any stigma that you might be facing.
First Thing’s First: is Vaping Allowed Inside?
Let’s first clarify if vaping is even allowed in the workplace.
Although the vapor is harmless compared to second-hand smoke, vaping rules are up to the establishment and also local state laws. For example, California has a state-wide vaping ban, and they class it the same way as they do cigarettes. On the other hand, a state like Nevada has no regulations on indoor vaping, and you are free to do it as much as you like.
As a result, it’s a good idea to look at your local laws to ensure that you are allowed to smoke indoors before you bring this to the attention of your company manager. Certain establishments can also have individual rules, so even if it may be allowed in your state, you might need to double check with the owner of the establishment.
If you fail to follow these laws, then you may find that people will complain about your vaping and report it to either authorities or your manager, which could land you in some serious trouble.
So, for the places that are in the grey area, here are a couple of tips on how you can make vaping indoors more enjoyable.
If the rules are unclear, speak to your manager first – Don’t play ignorant. Always make sure you talk to a manager first to get the go-ahead to vape indoors. If you’re not allowed, then you may be able to dispute it if other people also want to vape indoors, but in most cases, the manager’s word is final, and your chances of changing their mind are slim.
Even if you’re allowed, have some common courtesy for those around you – Don’t just vape in your cubicle and blow the vapors over to the person next to you. It’s inconsiderate and stupid, and they might not share the same views as you regarding vaping, so it’s best to be considerate, show some respect and be courteous to those around you.
If there’s a dedicated smoking area, use that – If the cubicles or work desks are too close to each other, then you may need to use a dedicated vaping or smoking area instead of doing it at your office. If possible, try and move closer to other vapers so that you don’t disrupt others who are working or don’t enjoy the vapors.
If in doubt, organize it among yourselves – If the manager isn’t showing initiative, then you may need to approach the situation on your own. Speak to coworkers, make sure you ask them for their opinions, set a tentative vaping policy and suggest it to your manager or human resources. Get the opinion of everyone involved and try to reach an agreement.
Don’t blow vapors all over the place – You’re probably vaping because you enjoy the sensation, the flavors or because you’re trying to quit smoking. You’re likely not vaping because you enjoy making huge clouds and annoying others, so if you are allowed to vape at your desk, don’t blow the vapors everywhere and keep them short and small unless the people around you don’t seem to mind.
Challenging Workplace Rules
If there are already rules in the workplace regarding vaping, then it might be a good idea to try and dispute them.
First, you’re going to need to put together a group of vapers that want the same thing. If you’re a lone voice, then you’re going to find it very difficult to convince anyone that you should be allowed to vape indoors. However, if you’re discreet about it, have an area where your neighbors don’t mind, and you don’t blow huge clouds everywhere in people’s faces, then it can be doable.
Once you’ve put together a group, you need to speak with a manager or someone who is in charge of the rules. Negotiations will change depending on who you’re talking to and the company you work for, but it’s always a good idea to bring some information with you such as the legality of vaping indoors in your state or city.
You’ll also want to create some rules that you want to establish to replace the existing ones. This is going to depend heavily on what you’re trying to accomplish. If you have a large enough group, then it might be possible to vape indoors without any restrictions. If you’re part of the same team or work on the same floor, then you might be able to move next to each other to restrict the vapors to a particular corner of the workplace. There are many compromises that you might need to make, and it’s not always going to be in your favor, especially if many people oppose indoor vaping.
In short, being able to enjoy vaping indoors is going to be a struggle especially if the company you work for doesn’t allow it or wants to stick with their rules. However, it’s entirely possible to convince them and change their minds if you’re willing to be civil about it.
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