New York City has voted to include E-cigarettes and vaporizers in its public smoking ban. The measure was voted in by a huge majority of the city council during their last legislative session of the year this past Thursday. New York City currently bans all forms of smoking in public places including bars, restaurants, parks and other public places.
E-cigarettes are an electronic device which uses a small battery to vaporize an oil solution loaded with nicotine. While the health effects of the exhaled vapors are still unknown there have been numerous studies showing that the vapors contain various toxins and carcinogens.
E-cigarettes have been the focus of various conflicting opinions lately. While they have widely been deemed much safer than smoking actual tobacco products they are a far cry from being declared safe. Many people are hailing the devices as saving them from years of tobacco addiction by switching their preference to the e-cigarettes. E-cigarette companies have also taken harsh criticism that their products overwhelmingly target minors with their nicotine liquids. The liquids come in such interesting flavors as cinnamon buns, peppermint patty and chocolate.
Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances on Earth. It is thought that enticing young people to e-cigarettes is nothing more than getting them hooked on the substance so they can be loyal customers or even worse, move to actual tobacco cigarettes. A recent study found that e-cigarette users are not more likely to start smoking, but the American Lung Association is disputing their claims. The American Lung Association estimates that more than 443,000 people die every year from smoking or exposure to second hand smoke in America.
DO you think that E-cigarettes should be banned in public spaces like tobacco?