Where Is Vaping Prohibited? States That Impose a Statewide Vaping Ban

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Everybody knows that cigarette smoking is dangerous to one’s health. But more often than not, smoking has become a habit. So for those having a hard time quitting, vaping is the right transition. Consumer Reports, in an article entitled “Readers Respond: E-Cigarettes Help Them Quit Traditional Smokes,” noted that its readers have stood by the efficacy of e-cigarettes in making them stop smoking.

The Consumer Reports article has been prompted by the conclusion of the United States Preventive Services Task Force that there is insufficient evidence to recommend vaping as a way to stop smoking. But the conclusion runs counter to the feedback the organization received: Over 1,300 readers commented on the article and most of them said that e-cigarettes helped them quit smoking.

The Food and Drug Administration recently extended its regulatory authority over e-cigarettes and other vaping products. Vapers have complained that the government is treating e-cigarettes just like ordinary cigarettes. Indeed, e-cigarettes are regulated as a tobacco product. As such, these are prohibited indoors. Of the 50 states in the country, 46 have imposed a ban on indoor vaping. The exceptions are Nebraska, Nevada, Rhode Island and Tennessee. The ban means that people can no longer vape in bars and restaurants.

Some states have taken it up a notch by actually imposing a statewide vaping ban. This means that vaping is not allowed wherever smoking is banned. California, for instance, wants a smoke-free state. It does not allow smoking in workplaces, restaurants and bars, and many public spaces like parks, beaches, bus stops, etc.

Other states that impose the statewide vaping ban are:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Maine
  • New Jersey
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Vermont

It was the World Health Organization that recommended indoor ban of e-cigarettes. The reason behind this is that the organization does not want regular people to be exposed by the chemicals present in e-cigarettes.

Some countries are even going as far as banning e-cigarettes altogether. Among the countries that do not allow e-cigarettes are Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Mexico, Panama, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. This is quite surprising considering that, generally, vaping is considered safer than smoking. However, these countries believe that there are no enough studies to indicate that vaping is safe.

According to several historical accounts, e-cigarettes existed as early as the 1920s. During this time, cigarette was still very popular—one can actually smoke everywhere including restaurants and bars, offices, even hospitals. Some e-cigarettes were manufactured to replicate the cigarettes. However, it never took off because during that time, smoking wasn’t widely considered dangerous.

In 2003, the first e-cigarette was manufactured in Beijing, China. It wasn’t until 2006 that the product reached the United States and the United Kingdom. Since then, the business of e-cigarettes took off as vaping’s popularity surged. According to Forbes Magazine, vaping is a $3.7 billion business.

In 2007, Nicmaxx introduced its product in the United States. Through the years, the brand has developed its product, improving it through the years to suit the taste of the majority. The product has perfected the science to make the transition from cigarette smoking to the relatively safer vaping.

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