A clear message to all the anti e cig people out there — bite me!
I just read an article today where a judge in New York ruled that vaping is not the same as smoking. There was a case where an individual received a citation because he was using his vaporizer on a public subway platform. The citation was challenged and came before the courts, as I read about at dailycaller.com.
In the courtroom, the judge decided that vaping and smoking is not the same thing. Cited in the ruling was that New York law defines smoking as “the burning of a lighted, cigarette, pipe or any other matter or substance which contains tobacco.”
Obviously, there is no combustion / lighting of a vaporizer, rather it is a vaporization, and they contain no tobacco.
With this ruling, it can be said that no smoking bans in areas such as bars or restaurants do not apply electronic cigarettes, as they do not fall under the same umbrella. However, there are still vaping bans in place in some certain public areas, which has been in effect since April 2014.
All in all, I think this is great news out of New York. With all the noise coming from the anti e cigarette activists these days, who when they speak they make it pretty clear they have no idea what they are talking about, it is nice to get an official ruling that follows the letter of the law and is in favor of the vaping side of the argument.
Let’s hope that we continue to hear good news like this. Face it, vaping is here to stay despite what the activists would like to see. I think it’s only going to get more and more prominent, considering the meteoric rise the industry has seen in recent years in visibility and acceptance.