In an unprecedented move, California lawmakers are hoping to ban e-cigarette use in public, much like smoking has been banned in public places. Unlike actually smoking, however, vaporizing or using an e-cigarette has no impact on the people surrounding the user. The vapor exhaled is just that, and contains no dangerous carcinogens like second-hand tobacco smoke does.
Despite a growing preponderance of evidence that e-cigarettes are benign devices at worst, infinitely safer alternative to combusting chemical-laden tobacco at best, lawmakers want to ban e-cigarette use anywhere that smoking is currently banned. The proposed bill, Senate Bill 648, could impact the lives of thousands (or more) of California residents in a serious, negative way.