How Safe Is Vaping THC In Public? How Safe Is Vaping THC In Public?

Vaping is generally associated with e-liquids and smoking cessation, but they have long been used for THC extraction. As e-cigarettes continue to grow in acceptance and prevalence, does that make it safe to use them in places you couldn’t smoke?

Vaporizers for THC are not new, in fact, some of the earliest vaporizers were made for dry herbs like marijuana. What used to be a tiny niche sector has developed into a robust industry of its own. The explosion of e-cigarettes over the last ten years was a primary catalyst for this growth, due mainly to the ever-increasing availability of advanced vaporizer technology. Others have turned to vaping THC because of the health benefits of vaping over smoking. But one of the most commonly referenced reasons for making the switch is the ability to vape in places where smoking just wouldn’t be allowed to happen.

Is It Safe?

The smell from vaporizing THC concentrates is indistinguishable from e-liquids, depending on what you have. That being said, vaping THC anywhere it isn’t legal is a considerable risk and should be treated accordingly. Dispensaries these days sell THC oils in almost as many flavors as e-liquids. This makes it extremely hard for anyone to notice a difference between THC vapor and nicotine vapor. In spite of increasing bans, vaping is still allowed in many more public places around the world than smoking. Since many modern vaporizers are multi-medium devices, the same vaporizer that works with e-liquid, also works with concentrates. But it’s important to note vaporizing dry herbs will smell more than concentrates. That being said, it is still a lot better than burning the marijuana. Dr. Robert Ralphs is a criminology professor at Manchester Metropolitan University. He explains that a vaper is much less likely to be caught than a smoker, “You could be vaping quite openly on the street, and nobody would know, mainly because of the lack of smoke and smell. If you compare that to smoking a skunk spliff, you can smell that up to 30 meters away.”


Most of the time we focus on how vaping can help save the lives of cigarette smokers. This should continue to be the primary concern, as the added chemicals in cigarettes are the most heinous and cancer-causing. But that does not take away from the fact that smoking in any form is proven to be very detrimental to your health. Especially the health of your heart and lungs. But even so, we must keep mind-altering substances away from children. Luckily, kids do not seem to be getting into THC vaping. According to the Janine Day, Business Manager for Early Break, a youth substance control program, only a few kids have said they used tried vaping THC. It seems that the cost of equipment and maintenance is an effective deterrent from young people getting too involved with THC vaping. She added that vaping might lack the social value of sharing a lit joint. In light of this, we should support a movement away from combustible marijuana smoking in favor of vaporizing in addition to our traditional fight against cigarettes. Not only is it much safer, but it is also shown to be much more efficient as well. All of the benefits of vaping over cigarette smoking apply to vaping over weed smoking, with the added bonus of being incredibly discreet.

What do you think about THC vaping? Have you ever vaped concentrates in public? Do you think that we should support vaping over pot smoking in the same way we advocate for vaping over tobacco smoking? Let us know what you think in the comments.


Katie Bercham - CocktailNerd Editor

Katie actually had a negative first experience of electronic cigarettes, picking up a cheap and horrible model from my local mall. Thanks to a chance meeting with co-editor David, she hasn’t had a tobacco cigarette in over 5 years. She brings a strong female voice to the e-cig community.