Vaping in the milongas


I didn’t know anything about e-cigarettes until I read this article.  I never heard of vaping.  The lack of regulation and information is scary.

I observed vaping in a milonga for the first time on Friday night in Plaza Bohemia where the building has an outdoor patio for smokers.  A man and a woman, both visitors from Italy, were vaping at the table.  He was at a table with three men, vaping away to his lung’s content and noticeably heavier around the middle in his quest to quit the cigarette habit.  He seemed relaxed, like a baby sucking on a pacifier.  She was with a friend from Italy, dancing more than vaping.

Nicotine exposure from e-cigarettes is real, although studies suggest that exposure is far less from e-cig vapors than from the smoke of regular cigarettes. Nicotine emissions are 10 times lower than from burning tobacco, and the secondhand aerosol doesn’t contain significant amounts of tobacco-specific toxins.

The no-smoking law in the City of Buenos Aires took effect on October 1, 2006. The milongas are smoke-free, and everyone benefits.

I hope we don’t see this in the photo below.  It’s as bad as a return to smoking in the milongas.


Even if it’s vapor, it’s incredibly rude.

What about vaping in milongas around the world?  Is it allowed?


2 Responses to “Vaping in the milongas”

  1. tangobob Says:

    There was a distinct lack of regulation when these things arrived in the UK. There is still no legal framework (as far as I know) but most places now ban them from use indoors.
    It is true that they are free from most of the toxins, but it seems crazy that you can get someone else’s addiction just by association.

  2. Carol Conway Says:

    The no smoking law in New York City includes vaping.

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