Many smokers consider vaping as means to quit smoking. Yet, instead of supporting them for finally deciding to leave behind a deadly habit, health groups and experts even dare to question them.
More Effective Than Approved Smoke Cessation Methods
Before Tony Borriboonratana discovered electronic cigarettes, he had been smoking convetional cigarettes for a decade. In order to quit before, he tried almost every known method on smoke cessation like patches and meditation, but nothing worked.
Finally, he crossed path with electronic cigarettes and now, he attests that these battery-operated instruments that produce vapors not only helped him quit, but also gave him the healthier alternative to his habit.
He is now working at Vape Revolution located in Cerritos, a store claiming to be the first shop of its kind to open in southern California and to be among the biggest stores in America.
Electronic cigarettes allow users to adjust their nicotine intake from 36 to zero mg. Despite the benefits these products are giving smokers who are trying to quit smoking; officials crack them down by introducing ordinances and local policies.
In Cerritos, there is a moratorium on new ecigarette shops while in Lakewood; the council is considering passing an ordinance that will dictate where vaping would only be allowed.
Ecigarettes have already proved to save any smoker money if they were to switch from tobacco cigarettes to electronic cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes can save a user anywhwere from $100-$300 a month. Sometimes even more when you buy from a brand that offers their customers coupon codes. An example of this is the V2cigs.com coupon code. V2cigs.com offers V2 cig coupons for their customers to use on any item they buy taking 10-15% OFF.
According to officials, they impose restrictions so that the potential health benefits and risks of these products may be well researched. Soon, the FDA hopes that it could release its own finding on these issues.
Yet, the agency has stated through its spokesperson Jennifer Haliski that the agency intends to regulate the category under tobacco products.
Vape Revolution’s spokesperson Amber Lee stated that it feels so unfair to classify ecigarettes with tobacco as they are actually being used by smokers as means to keep away from tobacco. It would be hurtful to many people who decided to take up vaping instead of smoking to once again be treated with the same stigma as traditional smokers.
Being vapers means they are non-smokers and pushing them to vape in designated smoking areas is essentially depriving them the right to breathe air free from secondhand smoke.
Banned In Schools
Local schools are likewise imposing bans on vaping. In California State Long Beach, Jeff Klaus the dean of students stated that students are currently allowed to vape 20 feet away from the windows and doors of buildings along with tobacco products.
Millikan High School principal Jeff Cornejo said that a letter was sent to parents during the start of the school year to warn them that these devices are not allowed in the campus and would be confiscated if caught. Three devices, according to him, were already confiscated since the school began for the semester.
He said these products contain either nicotine or THC oil (marijuana main ingredient) and it is difficult to tell which of these ingredients are contained in the device. He also expressed concern over the vape shop near the school.
Gene Valbuena working in Vape Street, said that he thinks that the products are getting uncontrollable as more minors try to access them. This, he said is negatively impacting their promotion for an alternative lifestyle.
Balance In Ecig Use And Regulation
Borriboonratana is like the other stakeholders in the ecig industry who believes that vaping must not be allowed in some places and must not be sold to minors. In their shop, they ask for ID from customers to determine if they are of legal age to purchase.
He, however, said that the use of the devices with other illicit substances must be a separate issue. He added that people can buy Zig-Zags for rolling tobacco or marijuana, but Zig Zags or blunt wraps are not banned.
In Lakewood, part of the reasons for ecig ban is because they are being used to consume illegal substances.