E-cigarettes up in smoke in some cities
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 02:40:00 GMT —
Another major U.S. city has joined the ranks of a few others in banning the use of e-cigarettes in public places.
You're not going to see any "vaping," also known as the act of smoking an e-cigarette, going on in restaurants, work areas, clubs, bars, parks or beaches in Los Angeles anymore.
Los Angeles city council voted 14-0 on Tuesday to ban them- mostly to keep others from what some health experts call potentially toxic chemicals released in the vape.
Right now, e-cigarettes are an unregulated industry, so there's no way to know how dangerous, if at all, they actually are.
Emily Thomas of Va Va Vape on Seaboard Street in Myrtle Beach says the vote is upsetting.
"There's no lobbyists to kind of back up the vaping industry right now but it really is a shame. We've got doctors that refer their patients here. We serve COPD patients. People that have asthma," Thomas said.
Thomas has been vaping herself for two years.
Overall, she says Myrtle Beach has been supportive of the vaping community and the owner of each establishment should be allowed to decide whether to allow vaping or not.
"Most of the time nobody will really say anything to me. In the movie theatre, I have been told to kind of quit vaping. But it depends on the place. Every owner has different regulations," Thomas said.
She says she's seen many people quit smoking thanks to e-cigarettes, and wants people to keep that in mind when making rules for vaping.
"I would like to see no bans on vaping. I'd like to see everything become FDA approved so that nobody really has any questions on is it healthy or not healthy because in my personal experience, it's been a great alternative for smoking," Thomas said.
In January, Chicago banned the use of e-cigarettes in offices and indoor public places. Last December, New York City approved e-cigarettes to be included in the city's public smoking ban.