Recently, the National Park Service made a sadly misinformed decision to ban vaping in each one of its many beautiful parks. These include well-known destinations for nature-seekers such as Yosemite and Grand Canyon. Imagine, taking in the glory of nature without being able to take a satisfying puff on your vapouriser as you do it?
In their announcement, the NPS declared that they were making this decision to protect the “health and safety of our visitors and employees.” Funny that the same announcement also notes that e-cigs contain “roughly one tenth” of the nicotine found in secondhand smoke. We think that the potential health and environmental benefits that come with replacing combustible cigs with vaping would be one of the many reasons vaping should be allowed in those parks.
Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association made an excellent point when he said in a statement that, “Outdoor smoking bans in parks can at least somewhat be justified by the risk of fires, but vapour products pose no more risk than a cellphone battery.”
He went on to call the behavior “shameful” and that it will constitute “a great misuse of government resources.” We definitely agree, as vaping has shown potential as a great health benefit to the general public, yet more tax dollars will go toward a policy that labels is it as a danger.