The question of whether or not e-cigarettes are a better alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes is clear. However, the question of where to vape and where not to vape is becoming more difficult to answer. This is mostly due to city and state government’s interests in regulating the use of e-cigarettes in public places. As an electronic cigarette user, or as someone interested in trying e-cigarettes, it’s a good idea to stay up-to-date on your local vapor smoking regulations.
The conversation surrounding the use of e-cigarettes and vaping in public has expanded from city governments to state governments. California’s senate has shown interest in limiting the locations where an individual could vape in public, much the same way tobacco use is prohibited in places like restaurants, public transportation, etc.
But to better understand where to vape and where not to vape, it may be best to look at cities that have passed, or are considering passing, e-cigarette legislation.
Los Angeles, for example, banned the use of e-cigarettes in public places such as bars and restaurants. Smaller cities too, such as Ashville, NC, are looking to pass city ordinances that prohibit the use of e-cigarettes on public transportation or in city premises, such as the regional airport and public parks .
So, where CAN you vape?
Ultimately, the answer to this question will be up to your local ordinances and government officials. However, as a general rule, it’s a good idea to avoid vaping in places like government buildings, schools, hospitals, and airports. By practicing good vaping etiquette you’ll avoid any negative confrontations.
Deciding whether or not you should vape in places such as restaurants and bars might require a bit of research on your part. But if you can’t find any information for e-cigarette legislation in your city or state, don’t be afraid to just ask the owner or manager of the business you’re visiting.