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The Debrett’s Guide to vaping in high society

By Alex Wood 17 March 2017
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Summary

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…

Treat your vape like talking on your smartphone

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.”

A good British guide

Feeling under attack? Don’t panic, Debrett’s has sound advice – vapers are advised to tolerate restrictions “with as much good humour as possible”.

This isn’t the first time this much-loved institution has kept up to date with the latest trends, including publishing guides to online communication and even tips for modern dating.

Debrett’s, where would Britain be without you?