The Los Angeles City Council has voted to keep the electronic cigarettes out of their public spaces. Moving in the footsteps of other cities like Boston, Chicago and New York, the city council wants to protect the sanctity of their public places, which have been over-taken by smokers these days.
According to Reuters, a spokesperson to the Mayor Eric Garcetti said that the new law would be signed and implemented very soon in the near future. The lawmakers were worried by the soaring popularity of the vaping culture and they feared that even non-smokers were being lured into the e-cigs cult and soon they could progress to full-fledged smoking too. The $80 billion tobacco industry is already worried about the impact of the new entrant in this field and this law would do little to alleviate their fears.
“We have an obligation to protect the workforce from the effects of secondhand aerosol exhaled by people who choose to ‘vape’ on e-cigarettes. We also have a responsibility to protect our youth and everyone else in public places from the carcinogens found in the ultra-fine particles in e-cigarette aerosol,” according to Mitch O’Farrell, who is a City Council member. He was paramount in bringing this radical change into the city, as he is also the co-sponsor of the banning-proposal.
Needless to say, this ban is not going to go down well with the numerous e-cig manufacturers. They tried to oppose the ban on the pretext that their product is safe and is a healthy alternative to the real counterparts, but the defiant city council members were unmoved by the appeal. However they did manage to get some leeway because the Los Angeles ban is way different from the ban on smoking in public places in other cities like Boston and Chicago. In Los Angeles, you are allowed to smoke in a lounge and in e-cig stores and even for theatrical purposes.
NJOY, one of the makers of e-cigs released a statement that said that they totally oppose the ban, as it is not backed by facts and figures. They however said that they are happy with the small leeway that they got within which their customers can smoke in peace in the lounges and the e-cig stores. A statement by the company said that, “NJOY remains concerned, however, that banning e-cigarette use in public places could deter current tobacco smokers from using the products and thus disserves public health”.
The Food and Drug Administration is also contemplating tightening the noose on e-cig manufacturers and bring them under the agency’s jurisdiction. If they have their way, then the e-cig companies would be required to register themselves with the FDA, cough up all the obligatory fees, get approvals from the governmental agencies for new products and they would also have to list all the ingredients in their products on the labels.
On the other hand, the e-cig companies say that they should be under the FDA’s regulations because that would hurt their small businesses and hamper the spirit of all those people who are trying to quit smoking!