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Major E-Cig Bans Hit Santa Monica

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image6620810Latest LA vaping news: e-cig regulations have reached a dismal climax, with electronic cigarettes being banned in Santa Monica. The city of Santa Monica has joined in with the city of Los Angeles, and it has become illegal to use e-cigarette devices in almost all public places.

Electronic cigarettes have come under intense scrutiny since they emerged as an alternative to traditional cigarettes. There have been talks and much vagueness surrounding the level of regulating and what sort of bans would be implicated, however until recently, it lay within most local jurisdictions to decide how they should be handled. In the bigger picture, just this year the FDA announced it would begin regulating the products in regards to limiting their purchase to those over the legal age limit, in the same manner as traditional cigarettes.

The vote on banning e-cigarettes throughout Santa Monica was unanimous in city council, and it went into full effect this week.

This latest news of electronic cigarette bans that cover entire city-wide areas, it is rather shocking that so many e-smokers who are consuming and producing vapor, not tobacco smoke in any manner, are now prohibited from smoking their e-cigarettes and advanced personal vaporizers in places such as bus stops, parks, the SoCal beaches, and within a distance of 20 feet of public buildings. All residential areas are off limits in the city of Santa Monica, as well as famous landmarks such as the Santa Monica Pier and the Third Street Promenade. Basically, everywhere that traditional cigarettes are banned, the electronic alternatives are now banned as well.

The Santa Monica e-cigarette ban will also affect vape shops, by forcing all new ones to be shut down entirely. Vaping is banned in all Santa Monica businesses, and any businesses that are looking to sell electronic cigarette devices will be required to obtain a license from the city to do so. The two vape lounges that are currently open, Vapor Delight and Fix Vapor, on a positive note, are exempt from these bans.

While e-cigarette bans are much milder in most other parts of the country, it is clear with this most recent news that Santa Monica is not the locale to be located in if you are a vaper!

What’s Going on with E-Cig Regulations

FDA-Regulation-Electronic-CigaretteRegulations on e-cigarettes have been a talked about topic in the vaping community for years now, with the FDA just beginning to address the matter. Legislators have been pushing  for all kinds of action, however one of the most important areas is that of e-cigarette usage by minors has. Simply put, e-cigarettes and all related products do not belong in the hands of minors. And with regulations beginning to take hold, it only makes sense that states institute laws preventing sales of the products to those underage.

41 states have acted upon the ability to disallow minors from purchasing e-cigarettes, just like they would not be able to purchase traditional tobacco cigarettes. But what is the deal with the remaining 9 states? Why are they still allowing minors to legally obtain alternative cigarettes?

The reasoning is actually quite foolish, and it has nothing to do with lawmakers thinking e-cigarettes are okay for minors to use!

Massachusetts, Maine, Texas, Pennsylvania, Montana, Oregon, and New Mexico currently do not have laws banning electronic cigarette sales to those under 18, and the fault lies on legislators who have been unable to look past the concept of alternative cigarettes, unsure of how to proceed. They do not know whether to categorize them as tobacco cigarettes knowing they are full-fledged alternatives, developed from technological advancements, or as tobacco products, and the laws remain at a standstill. So, as a result, no laws have been passed and no bans have been instituted to keep e-cigs out of the hands of minors.

As technology progresses, which is happening at such an accelerated pace, these legislators simply cannot keep up. The industry is moving ahead, while they fumble over terminology.

On the contrary, states such as Connecticut and Rhode Island have gotten the e-cigarette sales ban completely right. Not only did the states enact laws that ban the sales of e-cigs to minors, they’ve also added very accurate verbiage to describe them explicitly as “electronic nicotine delivery systems.”

E-cigarette businesses, both on the manufacturing side as well as the retail end, are in agreement with reasonable regulations, particularly in favor of banning their sales when it comes to minors. They do, after all, make sense! It is massively unfortunate that the industry is at the mercy of lawmakers and regulators who not only have no true understanding of the products, and cannot look past the concept of tobacco, however they are wasting time allowing underage persons to purchase electronic cigarettes, while they attempt to figure out what to call them.

Simply, e-cigarette regulations in regards to age, make complete sense! Regardless of what you call them, these product are not meant for use by minors!

Why We Need to Celebrate E-Cigs, Not Classify Them as Cigarettes!

eversmoke-vapor-e-cigarettesHuffington Post ran an article on electronic cigarettes this week harking up the positives of vaping, asking the public to stop attempting to equate electronic smoking with traditional smoking.

The author, Tony Newman, who also happens to be the director of media relations at Drug Policy Alliance, discusses his own experience with e-cigarettes, as well as how they have enabled him, as a former smoker, to choose a more enjoyable path, without tobacco.

Newman raises many valid points in his article, ranging from the obvious: vaping is not smoking, to the serious: smoking bans are a negative force when they include electronic smoking because it removes options from those who are not using tobacco, to the positive: when he touches on the fact that many top international scientists are proponents of electronic cigarette usage, and recently wrote to the World Health Organization declaring the merits and lifesaving opportunities e-cigarettes possess. He also goes into detail on the politics of e-cigarettes, and how detrimental imposing restrictions can be when e-cigarette regulations do not take into account how much they actually help those who use them. As a vaper himself, he sees the many positives these products have benefitted him with, and contributes leaving a cigarette habit behind to his e-cigarette use.

There are a great many reasons using e-cigarettes is an entirely different thing than smoking tobacco cigarettes. They produce no smoke, only emitting clean water vapor. They contain no tobacco whatsoever. They burn no substances when used, and do not produce combustion. When a person vapes, they do not leave themselves susceptible to tar accumulation, as electronic cigarettes do not leave behind anything when used. No tar, no residue, nothing. In fact, you cannot even smell them during, or after they are used.

A huge part of publicly limiting electronic cigarettes is causing a social stigma to be developed, and it is rather unfair. The world is slowly coming to terms with electronic smoking, and e-cigarettes as alternatives to tobacco. They were created as an option, and the majority of users use them, and view them in that manner. They have helped and benefitted millions, the time has come to embrace e-cigarette usage, not fear it.

NY Bans E-Cigs Sales to Minors

New York has just banned the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, as of January 1st. One of the nation’s most determined states when it comes to keeping cigarettes and nicotine products out of the hands of the youth, New York is known for being pretty tough on smokers. This new legislation however, is a great thing for e-cigs. It gives them further credibility, and quiets down the critics who claim they are made to target teenagers.

E-cigarettes, unlike traditional cigarettes are not marketed towards children. They have been made for smokers, as an alternative. They are not made to lure in potential smokers, regardless of age, and definitely not those underage! They are designed to be similar to cigarettes so that smokers can get used them, and to keep them familiar. Since the inception of electronic cigs, since they hit the market, people have tried to claim that they are attempting to appeal to children and teens with their many flavors. EverSmoke, and any responsible e-cigarette companies have already had in place measures to keep those under the age of 18 from purchasing their products. If you analyze the vast majority of advertisements for e-cigarettes you will find that they do not use marketing tactics to entice young people. It is a niche market that appeals to adults who are current smokers!

While it has not been illegal until now for minors to purchase e-cigarettes in New York, it would be interesting to actually see figures on how many young people beneath the legal age are using them. I am sure it isn’t many. They are not exactly the “hot new thing” for young people; they are more likely to be used by these very same kids’ parents to help them get away from cigarettes! E-cigs are not a gateway sort of product; they are usually used by people looking to stop smoking! When it comes to technology, kids aren’t interested in things like alternative cigarettes… they are more inclined to go after high-tech gaming systems and iPhones. Less and less teens are smoking now than ever anyway, because tobacco doesn’t have the same cool factor as it once did. The new laws regarding e-cigarettes are a great thing; underage kids shouldn’t be using nicotine products, and this gives the electronic cigarette industry further fuel as legitimate cigarette alternatives!

What You Need to Know About E-Cigarette Bans

It’s pretty obvious that electronic cigarettes are faced with a lot of controversy. Between the proponents and the adversaries, there is a lot of mixed information going on right now. Many people are claiming electronic cigarettes are unhealthy, unsafe, and dangerous, all the while there is plenty of information to say otherwise. Currently, Canada does not permit the sales of e-cigs, however traditional tobacco cigarettes are perfectly legal. Does this make sense to anyone? E-Cigarette use is not illegal there, but sales are.

Even still, many people are fighting for bans and restrictions, and it is kind of hard to decipher the truth when personal interests really get in the way here in the States. In the quaint Bay Area city of San Rafael, many are pushing for restrictions on e-cigs to match the strict ordinances on tobacco cigarettes. This is the same case scenario in many other parts of the country as well.

Such is the case with Dr. Ellen Hahn, from the Kentucky Center for Smoke Free Policy recently went on record during a television interview, unleashing a diatribe filled with holes and inaccurate information about e-cigarettes. She is connected to the Rx powerhouse Pfizer, the notorious maker of numerous cigarette-cessation drugs. The basis of her argument was that smokers should not use vapor alternative cigarettes as a cessation device because of their abundance of carcinogenic compounds as well as the fact that no one is entirely sure what is contained within them. Perhaps she needs to actually investigate what e-cigs are really all about, and perhaps she needs to look into the more legitimate, more responsible brands that exist. Because if she were to do some research into EverSmoke, as well as many of the other well-known brands, she would find that we disclose our ingredients. Even more importantly, we do not promote or consider our products and electronic cigarette starter kits to be “cessation devices.” They are an alternative option, and our cartridges do contain nicotine, with the exemption of our 0mg nicotine cartridges. Without any uncertainty, our e-cigarette products produce no smoke, tobacco or otherwise. Nothing gets burned during the vaping process, and while vapor bears an uncanny resemblance to smoke, it is simply water vapor.

Millions of people are switching from tobacco to electronic, and the vast majority of them are well-informed about the positives. Some claim e-cigs are bad because they are tempting to teens and others who are at risk, however they are much less easily accessible than cigarettes are. Doubters also cite that e-cigarette brands are not looking towards the betterment of their users, claiming they will get hooked on vapor cigs and never quit. This is also untrue, because even though e-smokes are not meant for cessation, users gain a much greater sense of control when using them, and often can wean themselves off at their own comfort level. And in the process, they aren’t immersing themselves in toxic, carcinogenic smoke. So bans or no bans, if smokers are determined to quit using vapor, they are going to. When there’s a will, there’s a way, as the old saying goes!