Don't be "that guy" at a party.
Love them or loathe them, it’s official – electronic cigarettes are now part of everyday modern life.
But as a relatively new gadget, many vapers remain confused.
Luckily, Debrett’s, the ultimate authority on social etiquette in Britain, has taken e-cigs from hipster niche to high society chic with its first guide to vaping.
Here’s what you need to know…
Debrett’s main rule of thumb is ‘not to assume that it’s acceptable, and always to check first.’ The guide likens vaping to talking on your smartphone – wherever it’s inappropriate to talk on the phone, don’t vape.
Obvious faux pas include in vaping in bed, over a meal in a restaurant and without the permission of guests around you.
Consider yourself warned; post-coital vapes and illicit puffs at house-parties are definite no-nos according to Debrett’s.
“It’s still good manners to check with your guest before vaping,” the guide states.
“Even if your host or guest is happy for you to vape, it’s polite to offer to take it outside. It’s likely that they will appreciate your willingness to sacrifice comfort for the sake of good manners, and may invite you to vape inside.”
Feeling under attack? Don’t panic, Debrett’s has sound advice – vapers are advised to tolerate restrictions “with as much good humour as possible”.
Debrett’s, where would Britain be without you?