Our team of vaping experts at MIST have created this guide on stealth vaping: what it is, how and why to do it, and when and where you should and shouldn't. Discover what our top stealthy techniques are, and how best to use these techniques to out smart those pesky restrictions on vaping in public.
What is Stealth Vaping?
Stealth vaping is a term that’s used to describe multiple techniques vapers use to minimise the visibility of vapour and e cigarettes, often when vaping indoors. There are a number of ways to reduce the amount of vapour you exhale, making your vaping as subtle and considerate as possible. Whilst there are some circumstances in which stealth vaping should be avoided – on planes for example – the technique can be a good way to get around unnecessarily strict vaping rules, and enjoy your e cigarette whenever you want to.
Why Should you Stealth Vape?
There are lots of reasons why you might want to tone down the visibility of your vape. However, most restrictions are due to public opinion. People who are unfamiliar with vaping, and don’t understand what vaping is, often liken the habit, and the associated negativity, with smoking. As a result, these people tend to become irritated or upset if you vape near them. If you’re in a park, simply walking down the street or sat in a pub garden, it might be easier to stealth vape than deal with potentially argumentative neighbours.
In many cases, companies create blanket rules for smokers and vapers, even though vaping has been proved to be far less harmful than smoking, for both the person using the e cigarette and those around them. If you’re on a long train journey, in a pub or a bar that doesn’t allow vaping, or stuck in your office all day, stealth vaping can help you get the nicotine hit you need quickly and easily.
Another good reason for stealth vaping is that it allows you to avoid temptation. A lot of people use e cigarettes to help them give up smoking. If you’re an ex-smoker who has only recently kicked the habit, you probably don’t want to stand in a designated smoking area to use your vape. After all, surrounding yourself with smokers and clouds of cigarette smoke could well prove too much, and you might give in to temptation. Stealth vaping in these situations is a good way to avoid the familiar aroma of cigarettes, and keep yourself on track.
How to Stealth Vape
If you’re planning on trying stealth vaping, you’ll need to ensure your e cigarette is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. This will make it easy to conceal when you’re in public, and will increase your chances of vaping without being seen. Take note of any LED lights on your e cigarette, you’ll need to make sure these are covered when you’re in stealth mode.
Reducing the amount of vapour you exhale, will greatly reduce the visibility of your vape. To do this effectively, try:
- Holding the vapour in your lungs for few extra seconds after you inhale,
- Taking an extra breath in after you’ve puffed on your e cigarette.
- Breathing in, swallowing the vapour and the exhaling through your nose. Almost all the visible vapour will have disappeared by the time it’s released from your lungs.
- Try reducing the amount of VG in your mix, this will reduce those dramatic vape clouds. A good ratio is 50/50, but, as a rule, the less VG, the more stealthy you'll be. Just be careful not to tip the balance too far, as a heavy PG mix can be harsh on your throat.
Each of these techniques will help to minimise the amount of visible vapour when you exhale.
Another common stealth vaping technique is to hide your e cigarette use behind your clothes. Although this can be effective, you risk plumes of vapour erupting from your neckline and out of your sleeves if you use a vape with heavy emissions.
Choosing a small e cigarette, with minimal vapour production, and using it as discreetly as possible is your best chance of vaping unseen. If you’re new to stealth vaping, you should practice at home before you head out and about, to see just how invisible your vaping really is.
How to Stealth Vape in Public
Independent experts have estimated that vaping is around 95% less harmful than smoking, however, many people are still unaware of the multiple benefits that come with making the switch to e cigarettes. As a result, there are many bars, restaurants, offices and shops that have placed restrictions on vaping in and around their premises, forcing vapers to take stealthy measures in order to enjoy an e cigarette in public.
If you’re planning on visiting somewhere that is known to restrict the use of e cigarettes, and you will undoubtedly want to use your vape whilst you’re there, then stealth vaping may well be your only option.
When not to Stealth Vape
As tempting as it can be to vape anywhere that takes your fancy, there are some occasions where you have to be mindful and respectful:
- On a plane - there are some cases
- Around children and babies
- Around pregnant women
- At school (teachers and parents alike)
- At work
All UK airports have banned the use of e cigarettes, and most airlines do not permit vaping on board. There are also some serious repercussions in countries such as Thailand, Dubai and Singapore where all electronic cigarette devices and associated materials are banned. So, make sure that you respect your surroundings when you're abroad, be stealthy where you can, and adhere to the rules and regulations around travelling with e cigarettes.
Although e cigarettes don’t produce tobacco smoke, research into the risks of passive vaping around pregnant women and babies is still ongoing, and it is advised to err on the side of caution and not to vape round them. The NHS website states that 'e cigs release negligible amounts of nicotine into the atmosphere and the limited evidence available suggests that any risk from passive vaping to bystanders is small relative to tobacco cigarettes.’ However, it is still a matter of decency not to blow plumes of vapour at anyone.