The age-old question is upon us. Can Vaping Set Off Smoke Alarms? And the answer is….well technically, the answer is no. But of course, nothing is that simple. So, today we will try to give you a better understanding of what vaping does to affect alarms, how it differs from smoke and maybe throw in a few tips to fool the places that don’t want you vaping. Because they can go to Hell. Second-hand vapor never hurt anyone in the first place.
One problem is the vilification of vaping by society in classifying it like smoking. Vaping laws fall under smoking regulations. This is so ridiculous as second-hand smoke causes cancer, kill people and generally smell terrible. Vaping is completely safe and causes absolutely no second-hand harm. None!
So, I like this topic. Vapor is not smoke. And therefore does set off smoke alarms. The key here is the tricky verbiage, “smoke” alarms. So, Can Vaping Set Off Smoke Alarms? Well, Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
Can Vaping Set Off Smoke Alarms?
So, the short answer is that vaping will not set off a smoke alarm and the reason why is because vapor isn’t smoke. However, there are different types of smoke detectors on the market and some of them could. A few of the most popular types of alarms are heat, photoelectric and ionization alarms.
Heat alarms detect a rise in heat. These are old school and not used very often anymore. The only place you’re likely to find one these days would be in a kitchen. Vapor has no heat. So you would not set off this type of alarm.
Photoelectric alarms are the most popular style of smoke detectors on the market. They work very differently. Although they don’t sense heat or even essentially smoke they do detect a change in the air caused by smoke. OK let me explain.
The detector emits an optical beam of light. If that beam breaks by smoke the alarm goes off. Smoke triggers it very easily. Vapor will too. But vapor dissipates almost instantaneously. So it’s less likely to set the alarm off. But if you blow a fat cloud it will have the same effect. So you’ve got to be careful.
Then there’s the ionization style. This is some cool technology. Inside this alarm are two electrically charged plates. Between those plates sits a very small amount of radioactive material. This causes ionization of the air between the plates. If smoke passes through that space, the current is blocked thereby triggering the alarm. Vapor is not smoke. So it should not interfere with the ionization.
How Do You Know & What Can You Do About It?
Can Vaping Set Off Smoke Alarms? Yes. But you can use your brain. Vaping’s OK in most places but frowned upon in most public places where smoking is taboo. Discretion is the key factor to the game. Generally, you find a quiet corner and no one will know what you’re up to. Don’t cloud chase. Blowing massive clouds in a place where you are not supposed to be vaping is just plain stupid. Be discreet.
I find that in situations where vaping is forbidden that I only vape to keep my sanity. I don’t repeatedly toke and toke as if I could care less. The thing about smoke detectors and alarms is that they generally will not be triggered if you are standing directly under them. So, again use your head.
Vapor completely dissipates in about 2 seconds. So, most of the time your exhalation wouldn’t even make it to the alarm. So, I think if you are clever you can get away with it in most any public place.
There is one place however that is a bit more tricky. And then there’s Vapers Hell, trapped in a plane for long hours. What to do? Well, I strongly suggest you do not try to vape in the bathroom. It is extremely small. They use the best detection systems. And the punishments are harsh. It is a federal offence. Plus you don’t want to lose that sweet vacation.