Pending California Anti-Vaping Legislation
Posted on 13 September 2015
All of those that enjoy the benefits of vaping are all too aware of the realty of pending legislation. It seems as if this industry has been under attack since its inception. There are plenty of conspiracy theories to go around about why e-cigarette usage is being targeted so aggressively when tobacco usage was unregulated for the first half of the 20th century. Conspiracy theories aside, the state of California will make the decision in January if SB 648 will be passed into law. This legislation has already passed the California State Senate and is currently assigned to the California Assembly Committee of Government Organization. If this legislation is signed into law, vapor product usage would be banned anywhere that smoking is currently banned. Essentially the State of California would then officially consider e-cigarettes to be the same as a cigarette and pose the same potential health risks to the public. To put this in perspective, e-cigarette users would be:
• Banned from using any vapor product in virtually all workplaces in California.
• Banned from using any vapor product inside any public building
• Banned from using any vapor product within 20 feet of any entrance to a public building
• Banned from using any vapor product inside any vehicle owned by the state
• Banned from using any vapor product on railroads
• Banned from using any vapor product on any air carrier (charter or commercial)
E-cigarettes would also be included in all future smoking legislation and bans that take place in the state.
While it is obvious the impact that bans like this would have on vaping in California, it is important to understand the economic impact that this ban would have on the entire industry. Heavily populated states are the driving force that funds the growth and development of this entire culture. Being that SB 648 has already passed the California State Senate, the threat of this legislation becoming law in a few short months is very real. This should be a wakeup call and a concern to anyone who enjoys vaping or supports the rights of e-cigarette users.