A new study shows e-cigarette 'smoke' is not annoying to most people
A lot of cities in the United States, one after another, are banning the use of e-cigarettes where traditional or analog cigarettes are prohibited such as public spaces, restaurants and bars. The most recent unanimous ruling is the one from the Los Angeles city council. It seems LA followed suit from Manhattan Beach and Alhambra, among others. Sadly, these cities are rushing to regulate a product that may potentially save a lot of lives. At the wake of these controversial rulings, a recent national survey says that 63% of Americans do not mind being near e-cigarette vapor.
The survey was done among 1,011 Americans who are 18 years old and above. More than half of the respondents say that it is okay to be around people who vape or use e-cigarettes in their midst. This is quite understandable because e-cigarette 'smoke' unlike cigarette smoke does not smell bad, does not leave ash and/or bad odor on clothes and hair. Studies also show that the vapor coming out of e-cigarettes does not pose serious health risks for the vaper or anyone who is exposed to second-hand vapor. Furthermore, the “survey found that 58 percent of respondents approved allowing e-cigs to be used at sporting events; 47 percent said it was OK to vape in malls and 45 percent said vaping at restaurants and bars should be allowed.”
If people do not mind having vapers around them, maybe local governments should take a step back and not rush into banning e-cigarettes in public areas. A lot of smokers who switched are already reaping the advantages of e-cigarettes like improved health and additional savings. Banning e-cigarettes in public places will just deny those who have not discovered the benefits of e-cigarettes the same things vapers now enjoy.