The Indiana Vape Laws Are Ruining Everything for Vapers
I was born in Indiana. I grew up in the Hoosier state. Most of my family lives there and I would like to be proud to call it home, but after the vaping bill has gone into effect, I can honestly say I’m ashamed to be a Hoosier.
On July 1, 2016, with the FDA Deeming Regulations as the fuel for their fire of hate against vapers, Indiana’s vape laws will surely put every vape shop in Indiana out of business. The recent bill requires vape companies to keep e-liquid safe (like it’s some kind of assault weapon or something) by hiring a security company to certify their shop as secure. This was already over the top,but then legislators deemed Mulhaupt’s Inc. the sole company capable of certifying vape shops in the ENTIRE state of Indiana. They certified just six shops before refusing to accept any more clients before the July 1 deadline hit. Indiana’s vape
There’s already been a federal lawsuit challenging these restrictions as unconstitutional. Unsurprisingly in a system that villainizes vapers at every turn, the law was upheld.
What could possibly be the motivation for this ridiculous legislation, Indiana? Don’t even tell me it’s because of “the kids.” I’ve seen how you treat teachers and public education in general. You’re not fooling anyone.
Senator Ron Alting has already stepped up to oppose the ruling, and has promised to “get that thing fixed.” Summing up the whole fiasco as accurately as anyone could, Alting said, “I don’t live in a make-believe world. I’m just here to tell you that’s not how this was supposed to work out.”
He’s right. There’s nothing about the Indiana vape laws that makes sense.
This is a state I recently visited for a holiday. I had to scoot over as I watch fireworks because there were disgusting cigarette butts on the ground. There were cigarette butts on the ground everywhere I went. So many people smoke in Indiana. You can still smoke in bars throughout most of Indiana (the bars all smell like ashtrays when you open the door), but Indiana lawmakers treat vaping like it’s a crime. Need I remind you that Public Health England famously stated that e-cigarettes are up to 95% less harmful than tobacco cigarettes. Cigarettes in Indiana are not subject to the monopolized security checks that have put 90% of Indiana vape shops out of business. Where’s the justice? More importantly, where’s the common sense?
These laws are as ridiculous and draconian as the FDA’s Deeming Regulations. They’re sure to negatively impact Indiana’s economy as residents zip across the border to other states to get their vape products. Smoking rates are bound to go up. It sets a bad precedent that other cities and states are likely to follow. In short, Indiana’s vape hate is indefensible and reprehensible. Indiana vapers, contact your local lawmaker to ensure that your state isn’t next.