Electronic Cigarettes

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Time Magazine had an interesting article this week on electronic, smokeless cigarettes and how they are helping people get their nicotine fix without flame or smoke. They have a battery in them, and a vial of nicotine. When the person sucks on the tube, the battery vaporizes a little nicotine and sends it down the tube. At the same time, an LED bulb glows at the other end to make it look like a cigarette, but there's no heat or smoke.

I just saw a post on the PAII board, asking if inn guests should be allowed to use these things on the property. Interesting question. If it just LOOKS like a cigarette, is that reason enough to forbid it on the property? There's no smoke or odor, as I understand it, no heat to burn holes in furniture. No ashes. Nothing objectionable about it except that it looks like a cigarette.

I wonder how state laws, that forbid smoking in public places, will deal with them. If there is no flame, no smoke, and no second-hand damage, is it smoking???

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Hello Friends,

I think electronic cigarettes is well as compared to other cigarettes.People may use it in public place.

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i've read that they aren't good for the smoker ... containing carcinogens and of course nicotine. however, my objection to the smoking was the smell, the second hand smoke and the fire hazard.  my mom never smoked and developed asthma and lung 'spots' from my father's smoking ... he had no issues. go figure.

soooo ... being that my place had 8 guest rooms, i think i could handle the possible questions and/or complaints from another guest about someone smoking. 

does one have to now ask guests if they use such things? 

are there any second hand effects from the e-cigarette to be concerned with?

no smoke without fire so how can you ban it?

 

 

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I totally despise cigarettes and smoking.  I don't even like to be in the same room as someone who smoked his last cigarette a half hour ago outside, down the street or across the bay because i find the stench to be just horrible.  But we do allow these - it's not smoking at all.  In my opinion, burning a candle would be more akin to smoking than these e-cigs since the "smoke" is merely a vapor, sort of like steam.  In fact my captain uses one and one of my friends on the dock also uses one which is where the captain got the idea while he tries to stop smoking altogether.  They are walking air fresheners.  I love the smell of the strawberry one.  

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Well since I am not in Washington State anymore, I would be more concerned with POT. Wonder how the innkeepers are handling that over there now?

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No change in our policies.  Smoking allowed outside on porches only. 

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In 10 years it'll be everywhere. Big Tobacco needs a new cash crop. And they have the money to pay to get it voted in state by state.

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As with almost everything it's a matter of etiquette. The person who has some class will explain the fake cigarette before 'lighting up', the person without will wait for everyone to get mad and then laugh at them.

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we have a restaurant that sells them! its a handy sideline!

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I've had guests tell me they use these so we don't get upset if we see them. I've never seen them being used in common areas. If I did see one being used, I would ask the guest to not use it indoors where others can see. I have no problem if they want to use it in their room or outside.

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I used to manage a shopping center where these were sold. From my experience, these things are a major headache in public places. They look like cigarettes and you can't tell the difference unless you get close.

You end up with tons of people:

a) getting angry that people are violating policy by smoking in the space, or 

b) getting angry that THEY can't smoke THEIR cigarettes inside because "look, that guy has a cigarette and you aren't bothering him!"

And neither type of person listens to the explanation that they aren't "real" cigarettes because at that point, they're just mad! 

 

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