Puffing on your electronic cigarette is starting to be regarded as a crime in some US cities and one of the biggest to effectively ban vaping in public places is Philadelphia. You may want to reconsider before taking a puff out of your ecig or mod in the parks or malls of Philly since the law banning these devices took effect starting the July 1. While electronic cigarette stores and vape lounges still allow indoor vaping, this trend is banned in most other public places.
But don’t think for a moment that Philadelphia is the only big city to ban public use of all types of e-cigarette devices. New York City, Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles have passed similar laws in 2014 as well, banning residents and guests from using the nicotine vaporizers indoors. Vapers are still able to puff on ecigs, but they are generally restricted from doing so in all the major public establishments and mostly in all places where tobacco smoking is also banned. An accompanying bill, which passed simultaneously, prevents the sale of e-cigarette devices to minors. That law went into effect at the time of the bill’s signing in April.
Back in May this year, the Philly City Council approved a bill to put electronic cigarettes under the same law as combustible cigarettes, with a 15-0 vote. Violators will now be ticketed $250 per breach. The bill created a backlash of controversy right away, with opponents stating that it encourages people to go back to tobacco rather than use this much healthier alternative.
As opposed to combustible cigarettes, which are burned to create smoke infused with thousands of dangerous chemicals, e-cigarettes use a special heating element called an atomizer to heat up a nicotine based e-liquid to a precise temperature in order to turn it into a breathable vapor mist.
Since there is no smoke or combustion taking place, electronic cigarettes are usually regarded as a safer and healthier nicotine alternative to analog tobacco cigs. Nicotine alone does not make smoking dangerous. This is mostly due to the thousands of carcinogens like acetone, acetic acid, benzene, ammonia, butane, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and lea.
At the moment, the Federal Drug Administration does not regulate sales of electronic cigarettes but the situation may change in the following years, as some documents point out. However, we believe it will take a lot of time, effort, and responsibility to come up with a reasonable set of laws for these devices.
But not all vapers are against the ban, as is the case of Chad Doberstein from Northern Liberties. He told the CBS in an interview that ‘I think it’s reasonable. People get upset, (but) I don’t think you need to smoke it inside. I just want to be able to keep smoking it (outside).’