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City Council bill would treat e-cigs like regular cigs

April 28, 2014
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ecig imageA bill introduced in the Baltimore City Council tonight would extend the municipal prohibitions on tobacco use and sales to e-cigarettes.

“We spent a long time working to create smoke-free workplaces, businesses and restaurants,” bill sponsor James Kraft (D-1st district), said in introducing the bill. He added that e-cigarettes, which heat a liquid to create a vapor which users inhale, “create a difficulty for those charged with enforcing smoking bans—it’s difficult to tell the difference between the vapor and the smoke.”

The devices have taken the smoking market by storm, creating some controversy and raising questions about their safety—and whether they’re too attractive to children. The FDA announced its proposed regulations last week.

The city bill as drafted would add “electronic smoking devices” to the list of tobacco products already regulated under city ordinance and treat them, basically, the same as cigarettes.

That means there would be no vaping allowed in restaurants, most work places—even city parks, which were recently added to the municipal no-smoking areas.

“We’re saying they are subject to the same restrictions,” Kraft says.

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  • Craig Coletta

    To quote the article: “James Kraft (D-1st district), said in introducing the bill… that e-cigarettes, which heat a liquid to create a vapor which users inhale, “create a difficulty for those charged with enforcing smoking bans—it’s difficult to tell the difference between the vapor and the smoke.”

    To Rep Kaft, the Citty Council, and any who support this measure.

    I have been a pack-a-day smoker since I was 16 (some 29 years ago). In my opinion (and I think this statement is hard to deny from a ;point of reason), I have the right to take into my body any substance that does not create a direct or indirect-but-significant risk to another. Nicotine, while it has SOME health risks, is by far the LEAST dangerous substance I inhale from “real” cigarettes. E-cigarettes contain NONE of these more dangerous substances.

    Since taking up e-cigarette vaping, I have sharply reduced my consumption of “real” cigarettes. With time and a bit of will, I will cease using them entiely. My wind has aleady improved greatly.

    E-cigarette vapor is CLEARLY distinguishable from “real” cigarette vapor, as it disperses far more quickly, floats differently in the air, smells quite different, and comes from objects, that with but a minor bit of visual focus are CLEARLY seen not to be on fire.

    The ineptitude of smoking-ban enforcers is no excuse to attempt to treat a healthier alternative for those of us who wish to enjoy the effects of nicotine while being fully cognizant of its risks (and let’s be honest, in this day and age, who ISN’T???) in the same way “real” cigarettes are treated.

    REJECT THIS MEASURE!

  • RabbitNumber23

    Yeah, it’s hard to tell the difference! Especially when you’re an idiot!

  • James Rook

    Right now I have sitting in front of me about 12 different flavors of ejuice – the liquid that turns to vapor. Eight of them contain 0% nicotine. The end result of the emissions from using these is water vapor. No cancerous material of any kind. Just water. So will you be trying to ban fog or maybe clouds next? Before you take such stupid measures do some actual research and find out the real facts about vaping.

  • hobblergobbler1

    It’s the taxes. Cigarette taxes are very lucrative to politicians. Actually, the taxes are higher than the product itself. E cigs are a threat in that, where are they going to get that extra money they have been relying on for years? Now that vaping is on their radar, expect them to pass some ridiculous laws and try to rationalize it. Republicans are for freedom of choice, Democrats are tax and spend….

  • http://www.atmosrx.com/ Sean Ben

    e-cigs are safe smoking device unlike the normal; cigs that causes many health issue and is very unhealthy for health.