A clear benefit of vaping is that you can often do it in places where smoking is not allowed. But the new FDA regulations are threatening vapers across the nation and once again skewing the perception of others about e-cigs. Stealth vaping can be a handy trick to minimize the appearance of clouds and go seemingly unnoticed.

Exhaling large clouds can be a lot of fun, but there’s a time and place for everything. And while vaping in public is not prohibited in most places, many businesses are free to decide if they want to prevent vaping on their premises. Stealth vaping is the way to go if you want to avoid drawing attention, while still respecting your right to vape. Here’s the lowdown on exactly what stealth vaping is and how you too can discreetly vape away.

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What is stealth vaping?

Stealth vaping is the act of vaping with minimal vapor clouds. In fact, unless people around are paying close attention, it is possible to vape in a way that will go completely unnoticed and more resembles using a nicotine inhaler.

There are a few techniques you can use for stealth vaping, but they all boil down to a few simple tricks: holding the vapor in your lungs longer, inhaling extra air right after the puff, and choosing the right vaping equipment.

Why stealth vape?

Stealth vaping is not about ignoring the laws and being disrespectful. If vapers start ignoring the rules that apply to regular smokers, the end result will harm the current efforts to make vaping a more socially accepted practice. And with all the misinformation there is out there, vaping acceptance is going to take some time with the general public. By disrespecting the law for smoking, this will continue to attract stigmas.

The FDA crackdown has already tarnished the public opinion on vaping, so stealth vaping can be a great option in order to go unnoticed. Being discreet will avoid questions and critics, which in turn is a good way to avoid having to face the same debates and conversations all over again, when all you want is a little bit of peace and quiet.

Learning to be discreet and minimizing vapor clouds also means that you may not have to be confined to the smoker’s corner when trying to vape, which many people do in an attempt to quit smoking. Having to hang out with the regular smokers is a temptation with which many could be spared.

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Using the right equipment

Sub-ohm e-cigarettes devices tend to produce large plumes of vapor and are a clear no-no when trying to stealth vape. Instead, cigalikes or e-cig starter kits, such as V2 Cigs, are the way forward. These produce smaller vapor clouds because their battery is not as powerful. They still achieve the coveted throat hit vapers are generally after, without raising as much suspicion.

The choice in e-liquids will also have an impact of the vaping cloud. E-juices are made up of a mix of propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine in various proportions. These two substances each have different properties. E-liquids with a higher propylene glycol ratio tend to produce less vapor, making them a better option for stealth vaping. If you are using a smaller device such as the V2, you may want to use an e-liquid with a slightly higher nicotine strength than you usually would. This will ensure you get the same throat hit as you would with a more powerful vaping device.

How to stealth vape

While stealth vaping starts with the right equipment, there is also some techniques you can use.

The basic technique is to take a drag of your e-cig, remove it from your mouth and inhale a bit of air right after. Hold the vapor into your lungs for a minute or so before you exhale. You could also try swallowing a few times before exhaling. If you are worried about the vapor coming out of your mouth, you can also try exhaling down into your shirt or into a napkin. That way, the fabric will absorb most of the vapor and limit the evidence. The more you attempt to stealth vape with your V2 e-cig or vaporizer pen of choice, the easier it will become, as you settle into a routine that works for you.

Given the tense legislative climate that currently surrounds e-cigs following the recent FDA crackdown, stealth vaping in public can be beneficial for how socially acceptable it is to vape in public. Stealth vaping is a useful skill to have for when it may not be so accepted to vape. Using a smaller, more discreet device, such as those from V2 Cigs, can transform your vaping habits from something that is not yet fully socially acceptable into a barely noticeable activity.

It remains to be said that vapers should always follow the law for smokers. The aim of stealth vaping is to be considerate of your surroundings and not draw so much attention. Stealth vaping is ideal when you are allowed to vape, but still wish to remain discreet and undisturbed.