According to the smoke ban laws, it is legal to vape pretty much anywhere you want. You can whip out your electronic cigarette in your car, in a bar, in a classroom, in a theater, in outer space, and even in airplanes (except for Southwest which allows you to take them on planes but not use them). There simply is no legal language that explicitly says that you can’t vape places. Anywhere besides New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York and Pennsylvania does not have laws that prohibit e-cig usage and sale. And to me, this is completely logical. Vapor does not project second hand smoke and there is no lingering or offensive odor, nor a fire or burn hazard, so whats all the fuss about?.
But does this mean that you should go to a club and start blowing fat plumes of vapor in people’s faces? Definitely not. If a security sees you smoking something out of a strange device, he will most likely think you are smoking weed. This has happened to me on numerous occasions. When I explain to him it’s merely an “electronic cigarette”, they always back off.
I personally don’t believe people should be vaping conspicuously in public establishments in general. It’s simply obnoxious. It will annoy people. As vapers, we don’t want to be considered annoying people.
In short, I think that we should all feel free to vape pretty much anywhere we want, but do so discretely. I take “ghost hits” on the BART (The bay area’s subway system), in bars, in clubs, restaurants – pretty much anywhere, but I do so discretely and respectfully.
And there’s another plus side to forcing yourself to vape discretely: when you step outside you will no longer have to limit yourself and it will allow you to have that “fresh air” break that you used to take when you smoked normal cigarettes.
FDA Bans Marijuana E-Cigs?
The FDA has been debating for several months as to whether or not they should ban the advertising of electronic-cigarettes as marijuana-administering devices. From an objective standpoint, e-cigarettes were never intended to be used for vaping weed. Of course, as I described in a previous post, with the proper e-liquid, a wide array of psychoactive substances theoretically be vaporized and inhaled. I’m not exactly sure why the FDA is attempting to crack down on the use of Marijuana E-Cigs. They haven’t stopped the sale of marijuana vaporizers, such as the popular Volcano, so why would they be up-in-arms about e-cigarettes? Another problem with this issue is that it may inaccurately conflate e-cigarette users with marijuana users, when they are actually two distinct market segments.
Electronic Cigarettes banned on Planes
The United States Department of Transportation has just banned e-cigs on planes. I suppose this news should have been expected. At the moment, there is too much confusion among the public as to what an electronic cigarette is. Plus, it would be extremely irritating for someone to be vaping in my face. I’ve certainly vaped on a plane before, but I always “stealth vape” and inhale the vapor until nothing comes out.