Looking at the NYC vape ban
By: guest writer Ingrid
Vaping is Banned in U.S. Cities
The classification of the electronic cigarette has been very controversial for many reasons. The biggest controversy has been the determination of whether or not the electronic cigarette should be included in the classification as a tobacco product. Another controversy has been where “vaping” should be allowed and prohibited. Many cities are worried about the appeal of using an e-cigarette towards young adults and teens, because of the promotion being “a better alternative” than traditional cigarettes.
What Exactly Is An Electronic Cigarette?
An electronic cigarette or a personal vaporizer (faithful fans also know these devices as a “vape”) is a battery operated device that heats a liquid. This liquid can be nicotine, but it can also be different flavors as well. Once the liquid is heated it produces a flavor that is smokeless, instead a vapor is released. The elimination of tar and other toxins a traditional cigarette doesn’t happen, therefore the electronic cigarette can be considered a better alternative for those using this method and anyone that normally would consume second hand smoke.
U.S. Cities Prohibiting E-Cigarette Usage In Public Locations
- On December 13, 2013 New York City implemented a public ban on electronic cigarettes. Traditional tobacco products and electronic cigarette devices were considered the same type of product and should be prohibited.
- The anticipation of banning electronic cigarette devices was also decided for the city of Chicago. On January 15, 2014 a 45 to 4 vote ultimately decided the fate for the electronic cigarette. The Clean Indoor Air Act prohibits e-cigarettes to be used anywhere tobacco products are banned. One of the main focus’s about this topic was trying to protect children confusing e-cigarettes from the real thing and trying to prevent children from thinking e-cigarettes are “cool”.
- Long Beach, California also is another location vaping has been banned from. The City Council voted 5 to 1 on February 11, 2014 to add electronic cigarettes to the city tobacco ordinance. Councilman Dee Andrews said “Young people are getting their hands on and using these addictive devices.”
- The state of Oklahoma banned electronic cigarettes and vapor devices on state property as of January 1, 2014. Governor Mary Fallin issued the order because of the unknown long-term facts on whether or not the health effects could be damaging.
- Columbus, Ohio cleared an Ohio bill on February 12, 2014 to prohibit young adults under 18 from obtaining, possessing and using e-cigarettes. Sellers of these products would also have to confirm the buyers’ age before any type of purchase.
The electronic cigarette is going to be on the chopping block until all of the correct studies and research has been done by all federal and government agencies. Let’s not forget health organizations will use a fine tooth comb to conclude whether or not the e-cigarette is in fact a better alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. Reviews from traditional cigarette smokers who have actually made the switch to “vaping” seem to prefer using an electronic cigarette, claim to feel better, and are also reporting to save money from making the switch.
Ingrid Oberg is a freelance content writer in New York City with a passion for a living a healthy lifestyle. She is also a consultant for www.zemocigs.com and loves to promote new alternative options for living well.
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