Common Local Regulations Affecting E-Cigarette Users
Many say, and we certainly believe ourselves, that e-cigarettes are just about the greatest thing since sliced bread.
As they’ve gained popularity over the years though, the wave of restrictions has gotten rather heated, with advocates of restricting e-cigs being rather vocal. Some states across the US have even attempted to ban them.
The World Health Organization though has weighed in on e-cigarettes, only saying they should not sold as smoking cessation devices. With millions of users, and no negative effects reported or proven, it’s safe to say you can use your best judgment when using electronic cigarettes.
E-cigarettes are not regulated by the FDA or any agency of the U.S. government. They cannot be sold or marketed as products made to assist in quitting smoking – despite positive backing from the American Association of Public Health Physicians and studies like one from Boston University’s School of Public Health showing how e-cigarettes can provide an excellent alternative for smokers.
Most places in the United States have openly welcomed e-cigarettes. Most major cities have no problems with people using their vaping devices - it’s tobacco and smoke they take issue with.
Some states however have held staunch to their beliefs that e-cigs are not regulated, not properly tested, and therefore should not be legal for use. They also claim that with a variety of flavors, especially those that venture into fruit and sweet territory are meant only to lure in young users – which of course is not true.
So, with these notions in mind, several states have put into place regulations on who can and can’t buy e-cigarettes, as well as certain other limitations.
As for individual states’ regulations that can affect e-cig users, it simply varies by state. Here are some examples:
- California’s former Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger denied a bill proposing to regulate the sale of e-cigarettes, stating that adults should be free to use them if they so choose.
- New Jersey has voted to have e-cigarettes put into the same category as tobacco cigarettes, and the same restrictions apply to them both under the New Jersey Smoke Free Air Act.
- As of July 2010, e-cigarette sales to minors in New Hampshire became illegal.
- Arizona is currently working on banning the sales of e-cigs to minors.
- King County, Washington has banned both the use of e-cigarettes in public places as well as the sale to minors. Pierce County, Washington, on the other hand also has banned sales to minors. They do allow e-cigarettes to be used in public areas such as workplaces and bars though.
- Maryland has banned sales to minors.
- Iowa does not have specific e-cigarette bans, however the retail sale of them has been restricted to a certain degree. They are considered tobacco products, and in order to sell them in a retail setting, one must have a retail tobacco license.
- New York banned the sale of e-cigs on January 1, 2013. As of September 2012, New York also banned the use of e-cigarettes within 100 feet of the entrance to any public or private school.
Thankfully, at this time regulations and restrictions on using e-cigarettes throughout the US is not very tight. While there are many looking to ban them, for personal or political reasons, they haven’t been successful.
The majority of law makers are realizing that e-cigarettes are a legitimate and safe alternative to traditional smoking, benefitting users with a safer to way to enjoy nicotine, and preserving the air quality for those nearby who wish not to be subjected to second hand smoke.
To learn more about this exciting alternative to costly and smelly cigarettes, we invite you to browse around our e-cig knowledge center and blog. And to take a look at how you can start to enjoy vaping and e-cigarettes today, visit Eversmoke’s online store for starter kit and accessory options.