Regardless of your smoking status, you are probably aware of recent anti-smoking laws that change the way smokers enjoy their Marlboros and American Spirits. Back in the day, smokers could light up almost anywhere. Workers smoked in the office, grocery shoppers puffed away as they walked the aisles and some physicians even kept an ashtray in the examination room.
Since the 1960s, smoking outside of your vehicle and home has become increasingly difficult. Today, only 13 states lack some form of statewide smoking ban and over half of states ban smoking in restaurants, bars and non-hospitality workplaces. Beyond states, there are also countless municipalities and organizations that ban smoking. “No Smoking” signs have gradually become one of the most popular public symbols in the U.S.
Enter Electronic Cigarettes
Most smoking bans are predicated on two concerns: the health hazards of secondhand smoke and the fire hazard of smoking. When you use an electronic cigarette, however, these threats are eliminated. Instead of producing smoke by burning tobacco, electronic cigarettes—also known as e-cigarettes—produce water vapor by heating a liquid that contains nicotine (it can also be nicotine-free) using a special device called an atomizer.
E-cigarettes are safe to use almost anywhere for two reasons: they don’t cause anyone to breathe secondhand smoke and they don’t start a fire if you drop them in the wrong place. Nevertheless, some states, municipalities and organizations still ban or limit the use of electronic cigarettes in public.
For example, New Jersey outlaws using e-cigarettes in public places and workplaces; Great Barrington, Massachusetts, prohibits using the devices in places where smoking is already prohibited; and the U.S. Military requires e-cigarettes to be used in designated smoking areas. Take time to familiarize yourself with the laws and ordinances in your area.
The Reasons Behind The Rules
Electronic cigarettes resemble tobacco cigarettes in appearance and action. As you inhale from the device, an LED light that resembles the burning ember of a cigarette lights up. When you exhale vapor, it looks curiously like smoke. These are two of the reasons behind e-cigarette bans, neither of which make sense when you examine the issue objectively.
As Dr. Michael Siegel, Professor of Community Health Sciences at Boston University, states: “Calling an e-cigarette a cigarette is unfortunate, because it has very little to do with a cigarette. It has absolutely no tobacco and there’s no combustion.”
AmericaneLiquidStore agrees. Cigarettes and e-cigarettes are apples and oranges. We can only hope that more states, municipalities, and organizations become enlightened to this fact. For the time being, though, users of e-cigarettes can take consolation that electronic cigarettes aren’t nearly as prohibited as their tobacco filled counterparts. If you want more freedom as a smoker, switching from conventional cigarettes to e-cigarettes is a great option.
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