And another one bites the dust. Last week, the New York City Council voted 43-8 to restrict the use of ecigs. Despite protest from vapers, activist groups, and e-cigarette manufactures and stores, New York banned ecigs. People will no longer be able to use them anywhere they like. Once the ban starts, ecigs will be treated like traditional cigarettes, and may be used only where analogs can be smoked.
North Dakota, New Jersey, and Utah have also banned ecigs in places where traditional cigarettes are banned. With the new ban, New York is lumping electronic cigarettes into the same category as tobacco. They amend the Smoke-Free Air Act to include e-cigs even though they do not contain nicotine.
Supporters of the ban say they are trying to help people be healthier. What they don’t understand is that the people who are using ecigs are doing it to better themselves. By forcing vapers to stand outside, next to cigarette smokers, the ban is endangering their health.
Jeff Stier understands this. He is a senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research, and wrote an article that was published in the New York Post. Bloomberg’s e-cig ban likely to do more harm than good points says “Grasping at straws, the ban fans suggest it’s just the prudent thing to do until we have more data. No, the prudent thing to do is help smokers trying to quit.”
So what’s next? Chicago vapers are trying to prevent an ecig ban from happening in Chicago. You can help stop it by contacting the Chicago City Council members. Tell them how ecigs have helped you, a friend, or family member. More info at: Don’t let Chicago ban ecigs!