Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Vaping in bars and restaurants: yes or no?

E-cigarettes are popular these days, but the city doesn't have any laws about using them indoors. That got a friend and I talking: is it ok to smoke them indoors? Specifically, at bars and restaurants?

I don't smoke myself, so I'm not aware if any Columbia Heights places ban them, but I think Bravo on Georgia allows them (and that's only because I saw a buddy use one there months ago.) Madam's Organ in Adams Morgan, for example, bans them, but I can't find much about other places.

It's also legal on the Metro.

It doesn't really bother me, but then again I only see them in not too fancy bars. I think at restaurants however, you should just step outside -- you wouldn't want anything, even the funky sweet vape smell, to affect the food. My friend, however, thinks you shouldn't use them at all indoors.

What do you think, yea or nay? Have you seen them used in local spots?


  1. I'm a lifelong non-smoker, but vaping doesn't bother me at all. I think the move to ban them in public places is mostly overkill (especially for places like bars), but I think as a matter of courtesy, one should step outside to vape at a restaurant.

  2. I don't find them offensive indoors. I know they aren't allowed on planes (as seen on flights I've been on recently). I've also know that people using one don't have to produce the smoke/steam (whatever it is) if they don't want to when exhaling, so if they're discrete, it shouldn't affect anyone.

  3. Unless lungs are perfect filters which remove all of the toxins, a lot of that's going to end up back in the air even if it's less odorous and visible than cigarette smoke.

    Not to mention "vaping" always manages to make the users look supremely sketchy. Like they're pulling on meth.


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