California's trying to crack down on ecigarettes
Though it continues to be one of the small handful of U.S. states that's warming up to legal marijuana, California is exhibiting symptoms of eliquid enmity.
A new bill introduced by the California senate would potentially ban the use of ecigarettes in public, as well as impose stricter penalties on the sale of vaping products to minors.
On top of that, state health officials declared ecigarettes as a "health threat," though they recognised that they are not as harmful as traditional cigarettes.
Some say the legislation is a reactionary response to a recent study linking ecigarette use to high formaldehyde level exposure, and it's also sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association.
Of course, members of the vaping community have been quick to establish arguments against the ban.
“By classifying the use of vapor products as ‘smoking,’ this bill sends the incorrect and irresponsible message to California’s 3.6 million adult smokers that vaping may be just as hazardous as smoking,” American Vaping Association president Gregory Conley said in a statement. “California smokers deserve truthful information about smoke-free alternatives, not hype and conjecture designed to scare them away from attempting to quit with these innovative technology products.”
If passed, the bill would join the list of other tobacco products that are prohibited in workplaces, restaurants, bars, and the like.
According to Reuters, the bill would make California the fourth U.S. state to treat ecigarettes like traditional smokes, as well as the 23rd to impose ecigarette regulations of any kind.
Individual cities have also been cracking down on ecigarettes: public vaping is banned in Los Angeles, one of 122 cities and counties with public vaping bans in the state.