From Maryland to Texas, state legislatures across the United States are in a heated debate about proposed legislation that may or may not ban public vaping. With the enormous amount of misinformation flooding the Internet and the national media, US lawmakers are seemingly paranoid that the vaping industry is trying to corrupt our nation’s youth. An example of this delusional thinking is found in a February 10 story posted on the KENS 5 Eyewitness News website in San Antonio. The article discusses two new bills currently on the Texas legislature floor that target the sales of vaping products to minors, Senate Bill 97 and House Bill 170.
Hip, Hip, Hooray for Mother England!
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Perhaps our politicians should take a look to our friends “across the pond.” MP’s of the British Parliament have recently won the right to vape inside this centuries-old Westminster building. With all the conflict going on here in the United States, one might think that the Queen would put her foot down regarding vaping in such a historical location. But she (and Prime Minister Cameron, of course) seem to be relatively “mum” on the topic.
Until recently, MP’s were forced to stand outside in the dreary London weather if they wanted to enjoy their favorite pastime. Now, they can choose between one of three different locations.
- Inside their own offices
- Inside the main pub for MP’s, Stranger’s
- Inside the Portcullis House Building
This is very good news. While most US politicians are trying to pass new laws that either excessively regulate or completely do away with vaping and eliquids altogether, our British friends seem to be headed in the opposite direction. Allowing certain areas for vaping within the House of Commons makes passing of legislation for a total ban in public places highly unlikely. After all, if British lawmakers and their military police can do it, why can’t the general public?
Washington, DC shows signs of increased tolerance.
Another story that is receiving very little press at the moment is the opening of a new vaping bar located in the heart of Georgetown, VA. This high-class neighborhood is where many of our Senators and Congressmen live. The vape bar is named VaporFi, and a second location is also located in Potomac Mills. VaporFi is owned by a Miami-based company that currently has 26 franchises, most of which are located in Florida and Ohio. Now they have two establishments’ just steps away from the White House.
But the good news doesn’t stop there! On Monday, February 9, 2015, the Borough Council of Chambersburg, PA, voted to postpone a final decision on passing proposed legislation to ban vaping in the workplace. Three major labor unions were adding pressure to local politicians to delay the bill, preferring to address the issue of public vaping through contract negotiations instead. Police and Firefighter labor contracts will be expiring within the year, so the topic is tabled for now. But things are looking up!