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Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2014 7:00 am | Updated: 3:01 pm, Tue Apr 1, 2014.

I had an interesting sighting at the drug store last week. As I walked in, I observed the security guard, who was stationed inside, pull out an electronic cigarette and take a quick “drag,” then put it away. It lasted no more than two seconds, but the image stayed with me. I wasn’t sure if I was intrigued or put off, but it was a reflection of our changing times.

This “smoker” didn’t take a cigarette break. He was vaping on the clock. The question is: Does this bother the people around him? Is there a work policy on the topic?

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3 comments:

  • David West posted at 8:08 pm on Tue, Apr 1, 2014.

    dlwest65 Posts: 1

    The etiquette of vaping is still evolving. As with previous emerging technologies, there are always jerks who ruin it for the rest of us. It's quite possible to vape discreetly, and I do that in situations where big plumes of vapor would attract notice. You just draw in but let the vape out very slowly. If somebody is sitting in my lap they might catch a wisp of butterscotch or peppermint or whatever, but honestly way weaker than the eye-stinging clouds of cologne you run into regularly. But -- and it's a big but -- there are people so delighted at being free from smoking that they'll make a point of ostentatiously blowing the biggest clouds they can in places they shouldn't. It isn't smoke, it's almost certainly not harmful to anybody, but that doesn't excuse being rude about it. The misinformation about vaping (IT HAS ANTIFREEZE IN IT! WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN?!) is rampant, and it'll only make it harder to counter that if people vaping aren't considerate of people around them.

     
  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 9:56 pm on Sun, Mar 30, 2014.

    CarolynDM Posts: 421

    Oh, and be sure to clock out for every two second sip of coffe you take. You know, for your coffee break.

     
  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 9:45 pm on Sun, Mar 30, 2014.

    CarolynDM Posts: 421

    The "smoker" took a drag that lasted about two seconds. "The "smoker", didn't take a break. He was vaping on the clock". ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?!!! Why does this newspaper allow space to be taken up by ridiculous junk like this? This is probably the worst, and probably most ignored column in the newspaper.

     

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