To be fair, (Chorus: TO BE FAIRRRRR) indoor vaping is not be harmful (second hand vape) but we suppose that some folks might have a valid reason for not wanting to breathe in second-hand vapor.
For myself, if I enter a store here in New Hampshire and experience a heavy slap on the nose of some lady’s perfume, I leave the store immediately. To each their own, and we support that, so if Lincoln NE council wants to ban vaping inside local stores, it’s their prerogative, am I right?
Indoor Vape Ban Rush to Judgement
However, if the Lincoln NE council took half a second in their rush to judgement ordinance, they might have seen just how stupid they were to attempt to ban vaping INSIDE VAPE SHOPS! For the love of God man, I dare say that ANYONE inside a vape shop would NOT be bothered by harmless vapor.
Living in this so-called “free” country is getting harder and harder, is it not?
The Lincoln Journal Star
“Vaping shop owners and representatives asked the Lincoln City Council at a meeting Monday to shelve an ordinance adding e-cigarette use to the city’s ban on smoking indoors.”
“Interim Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Director Pat Lopez and representatives from the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association countered that adding vaping to the city’s indoor smoking regulations puts the city on par with 890 other cities across the country.”
In the words of Gov Cuomo; So what?
16 Vape Shops Affected by Indoor Vape Ban
There are 16 Vape Shops in Lincoln, and Scott Lautenbaugh told the council that these vape shops (and we imagine future vape shops as well) should be exempt from this Ban. However, it seems that the number of City Council Members are already in support of the Bill, so it’s going to go down.
Here’s Where the Indoor Vape Ban Gets Screwed
We don’t want to beat a dead horse, but all of this nonsense could have been avoided if the FDA had done the right thing way back in 2016.
When FDA’s foundational “deeming rule” (remember the deeming rule?) went into effect on Aug. 8, 2016, it gave the agency’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) regulatory authority over all ENDS, including e–cigarettes, e-liquids, e-cigars, e-pipes, and e-hookahs… this is where it all went wrong.
Had the FDA realized more than 3 years ago that e-cigarettes and e-liquids were indeed NOT tobacco products, no one in the US would be having a fit right now. The “War on Vaping” would have never lasted this long, and there would be “peace in our time”.
The Indoor Vape Ban is an extension of the Deeming Rule
What STILL drives everyone here at Spinfuel Vape crazy is the audacity of the FDA declaring e-cigs tobacco. Making any connection between rolled up tobacco leaves that must be set to fire and inhaled… and a harmless mixture of Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerin, Flavoring, and minute amounts of freebase, Pure Nicotine, is more than a stretch. It is Ignorance and Fear.
Ignorance about what e-cigarettes do, and Fear that hundreds of billions of dollars collected with tobacco taxes would mean less money for corruption.
Despite the truth staring the FDA in the face, what was done was done. Perhaps some day some new head of the FDA will readdress this terrible decision to include a device that has NO similarities to tobacco products, as a tobacco product.
Getting Back to the Indoor Vape Ban
The Winner of Monday night’s City Meeting was Sarah Linden; who shot an arrow true, and told the city council this:
“It’s widely known that secondhand smoke is harmful, yet we allow a wealthy demographic to smoke in cigar bars and socialize with like-minded people, allowing people to smoke in cigar bars while banning vaping in vape shops is irrational and unfair,” she said.
Ahem Sarah. We live in dangerous times.