Some States within the US are currently creating and discussing laws regarding the use of electronic cigarettes in public places. These usage bans on e-cigarettes are generally lumped in with bans on smoking tobacco cigarettes in workplaces, bars, and potentially any public places. As of yet, Canada has not proposed any laws regarding the use of electronic cigarettes in public places. This may be due to the fact that Health Canada has deemed any electronic cigarettes with nicotine banned based on no approval. And as we discussed in our blog post, Are Electronic Cigarettes Illegal In Canada? since nicotine is a regulated substance, Health Canada is not budging on the issue until a licensed pharmaceutical company obtains the proper authorization. As for e-cigarettes with no nicotine, it is likely that Health Canada does not see it as a big enough issue to worry about their use in public places.
If you are unsure which side of the issue to fall on; vaping is ok in public or that it should be treated like smoking, remember these points:
- Electronic cigarettes do not produce smoke. The vapour they produce contains propylene glycol, glycerin, water, and flavoring. These are all ingredients found in many foods and medicines.
- Electronic cigarettes do not produce any vapour when they are not being inhaled upon, unlike cigarettes which obviously burn constantly once lit.
- Banning the use of e-cigarette in public because they look like smoking is much the same as banning the use of a nasal inhalant medicine in public because it looks like the user is abusing illegal drugs.
It is our hope that any laws pertaining to electronic cigarettes are based on science and fact rather than fabrication and ignorance. Before any activity is banned it is important to get the facts straight….for the good of personal freedoms and liberties.