If you’re a vaper, you’ve probably come to realize that not everyone understands, or is comfortable with, vaping.
Some people still see vaping as equally harmful as cigarettes, despite various sources explaining how much healthier it is in comparison. Some also claim that second-hand vapor is as unhealthy as second-hand cigarette smoke, although this too has been proven inaccurate by several studies such as this one.
Whatever reason people may have, I’m sure that as a vaper, you’ve gotten more than a little tired of the constant need to avoid conflict or explain the differences (and benefits) of vaping. Fortunately, you’re not alone in this, and a lot of people who vape are making a switch to stealth vaping, especially in public places.
Whether you’re looking for a worry-free vape session in public or you simply want to avoid the eyes of a disproving family member or friend, stealth vaping might be the solution you’ve been looking for. In this post, we’ll be going through the what, why, and how of stealth vaping so that you can have the peaceful vape you deserve.
What is Stealth Vaping?
Stealth vaping means vaping that doesn’t let others spot what you’re doing. The lack of light, vapor, and vape smell lets you have a puff whenever you need it, wherever you need it, without having to worry about wandering eyes.
Stealth vaping generally involves the use of a smaller Mouth-to-Lung (MTL) device or pod device mainly because they use a lot less power than your standard setups. With less power comes less vapor, which also means less smell, and with stealth vaping, you’ll want to hide as many aspects of your vaping as possible.
Why Do People Stealth Vape?
While for some vapers, pumping clouds might be a large part of the vaping experience, no one can deny that there are times when you’d like to get your nicotine hit discreetly—times where a vape without vapor would be perfect.
That’s where stealth vaping comes in.
Whether it’s in an area where vaping is frowned upon or to avoid the never-ending lectures of family members, stealth vaping is a great way to keep your cigarette cravings low and your subtlety high.
Most people use stealth vaping for privacy or for the respect of others in public places. While stealth vaping can be very discreet, having a puff where vaping is expressly banned or enforced by law might still be a bad idea.
The fire alarms of some places (like hotel rooms and airplane bathrooms) can be triggered by vapor and could land you in some trouble. It may be a good idea to check if the area you want to vape in has any specific vaping policy.
How to Stealth Vape?
So how do you go about becoming a ninja vaper?
For the most part, it comes down to a balance between the device you’re using and the way you’re taking a hit. There are a few different techniques people use to stealth vape, and in this article, we’ll go through two of them: the ‘second inhale’, and the ‘gulp’ technique.
Remember that getting your stealth vaping smooth may take a bit of trial-and-error. Don’t give up if you still see clouds of vapor or go into a coughing fit the first few times you try it.
While stealth vaping is not impossible with a large vaping device, it is a lot more difficult.
Large devices tend to use a lot of power, meaning they produce a lot of clouds. On top of this, large devices are nearly impossible to conceal in your hand, defeating the point of stealth vaping altogether.
As mentioned before, stealth vaping works best with a Mouth-to-Lung vape or pod device. These small devices can fit snugly in the palm of your hand and create significantly less vapor than your standard vapes.
The smaller your device, the better. Look for something that fits comfortably in your hand and won’t slip out while you bring it from your pocket to your lips.
Once you have your device, you can increase your ‘ninja-ness’ by covering any LED lights with a piece of colored tape or blocking it with your finger whenever you take a hit.
It might be a good idea when you buy your device to ask if it has any excessive lighting effects or makes any noise. You want to be as stealthy as possible, and your device should be too.
Now that you have your stealth vaping device, it’s time to nail down the technique. The difference between the ‘second inhale’ and ‘gulp’ techniques is mainly between your inhale and exhale in the hold.
The steps leading up to them are the same, but don’t be afraid to try out different inhales/exhales to find the one that works for you.
Step 1: The Inhale
When you want to stealth vape, your inhale may need to adjust a little bit.
Try taking either a long, slow inhale or a few short, quick inhales. This will help to limit the amount of vapor you’re taking in.
With stealth vaping, you want to make sure you’re not filling your lungs completely; if you do, you’re more likely going to end up coughing and blowing out a big cloud. Not exactly what you’re looking for when stealth vaping.
Step 2: The Hold
After you’ve inhaled your vapor, it’s time to hold it there. As a rule, the longer you hold your inhale in, the less vapor will come out.
During this hold you can use one of the two techniques that we spoke about above:
Technique 1: The Second Inhale. For this technique (my personal favorite), after taking your hit and inhaling the vapor, take a second inhale of clean air.
This will help to disperse the cloud in your lungs and give you a smoother exhale, making it less likely for you to cough.
Technique 2: The Gulp. The Gulp technique is similar, although a bit trickier. After your inhale, instead of taking a second one, gulp the vapor down.
In other words, just swallow it. This will also disperse the vapor in your lungs and lessen the density of your cloud.
Step 3: The Exhale
All that’s left to do is steadily blow out air. If you’ve nailed the techniques above, there should be nothing but air coming out when you exhale after your hit.
For extra stealth, exhale either slowly through your nose or, with your lips pursed (closed together), blow down and away from other people.
Voila! You’re now a ninja vaper who can live and vape without worrying about prying eyes and lecture-prone loved ones.
All you need to do now is practice, practice, practice. You’re probably better off trying this vaping method out at home before going out into the big wide world.
But once you have it, it’s like riding a bike. You’ll be stealth vaping like a pro in no time.
Lastly, remember that “with great power comes great responsibility” so make sure you use your new stealth vaping skills in places that you’re not likely to get into legal trouble—if it goes wrong.