Councilors in New York City want to ban electronic cigarettes from public places. E-cigs are an alternative for those smokers who want to continue their habit without all the negative effects. They’re also allowed in most public places while regular smoking is not – the reason being is that e-cigarettes are just vapor.
While some of them contain nicotine, not all of them do – but regardless, since they emit vapor rather than smoke, some public places like restaurants or clubs allow the electronic version to be used indoors, while normal smokers must still leave the premises. The devices have grown in popularity and just next month the council will vote on whether or not to ban them from bars, parks, and everywhere else tobacco smoking is banned.
A key backer told the New York Times, “We see these cigarettes are really starting to proliferate, and it’s unacceptable. I get reports of people smoking cigarettes in public libraries. Certainly, they’re becoming more common in restaurants and bars.” Mayor Michael Bloomberg supports the proposal. The city’s health commissioner says, “Electronic cigarettes are unregulated and the health risks to users are unknown.” Adding that since they’ve become popular among teens, it could surge a new generation of smokers.
Users and makers explains that the vaporized cigarette helps smokers quit – which is true as it helps ween you off a normal cigarette since you’re still popping something in your mouth and getting your nicotine fix. Chief of e-cigarette maker NJoy explains, “If you make it just as inconvenient to use an electronic cigarette as a tobacco cigarette, people are just going to keep smoking their Marlboros.” This is also true – as the appeal of the E-cigarette is that you can smoke anywhere without the harmful effects but if they ban them from public places, a smokers’ mentality is they will just buy the real thing again since you’re stuck going outside anyhow.
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