Over the past decade, cigarette smokers have become one of the most persecuted groups in America. Just a few years ago, smokers could light up in restaurants, bars and almost any type of outdoor setting. But today, many states, municipalities, and companies have made it illegal to smoke in these places. In fact, some Homeowners Associations (HOAs) even prohibit residents from smoking in their homes. Imagine, not being able to smoke in a residence that you paid for with your own money!
Regardless of how you feel about smoking laws, one thing is certain: for smokers, the popularization of the electronic cigarette (a.k.a. e-cigarette) came along at the right time. Instead of burning tobacco, electronic cigarettes vaporize a special liquid that contains varying amounts of nicotine (it can even be nicotine-free). When the user inhales from an e-cigarette, the device releases water vapor like a cigarette would release smoke, only there’s no burning ember or acrid stench of tobacco involved.
Does this mean electronic cigarettes are legal to smoke in public?
Yes and no. Under federal law, using the e-cigarettes on public property is permitted. But some states, municipalities and organizations have limited or banned the use of the devices in public. For example, New York State prohibits smoking electronic cigarettes within 100 feet of the entrance to a school; Washington’s King County bans smoking e-cigarettes in public; and United Airlines bans using them on its flights.
These examples demonstrate the importance of checking laws and policies before you use your e-cigarette just anywhere. However, use of the devices in public is largely unregulated. In many cities, it isn’t uncommon to walk into a restaurant, bar, or store that prohibits smoking and see someone puffing away on an e-cigarette. Considering that you practically have to journey to the moon to have a smoke nowadays, the freedom of using an electronic cigarette can be a real treat.
Tired of Smoking the Real McCoy?
Smoking tobacco cigarettes isn’t what it used to be. People could once smoke at work, in the grocery store and even in the waiting room at the doctor’s office. But the freedom to smoke has diminished to the point that, in some situations, you can’t even smoke in your home. If you are a smoker who is tired of being pushed around by anti-smoking laws, switching to e-cigarettes can give you the break that you’ve been looking for.
Although some places and companies ban electronic cigarettes because they resemble real cigarettes, most states, municipalities, and organizations realize that e-cigarettes don’t produce secondhand smoke and aren’t a fire hazard. While we at AmericaneLiquidStore don’t recommend using an e-cigarette in public before you know it’s permissible, we do recommend that you try out an electronic cigarette and enjoy using it in more places than you could smoke a tobacco cigarette.
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