In Allegheny County, authorities have banned the use of e-cigarettes in public places. On November 2nd, the Allegheny County Board of Health has signed the agreement of prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes in schools, sports stadium, cabs, buses, indoor public spaces, workplaces and government buildings. The board totally agreed with this regulation with only one member who declared neutrality.
The new law which reminds citizens of the rules which impose not smoking tobacco in public places is now bound to be approved by Allegheny County Council. Nevertheless, an increased number of residents and vape shop owners expressed their dissatisfaction towards this problem.
People who used vaping as a method to give up tobacco are now forced to quit using e-cigarettes. Dale Ray has argued that he was a very keen smoker, using about two to three packs of tobacco cigarettes to feed his bad habit. Due to e-cigarettes, he managed to quit normal cigarettes. He asked the board not to forget about the benefits brought by vaping.
After the board already voted for banning vaping, Ray claimed that the community of vapers should not be left aside and they should fight. What is more, he believes that the authorities did not gather enough proofs which challenge their adverse effects.
Approximately a decade ago, e-cigarettes became popular among smokers in the US. These electronic cigarettes are equipped with a heating coil meant to transform the composition of nicotine into an aerosol mist. Thus, smokers get their nicotine dose without being exposed to the terrible effects of tobacco.
Vaporizers work on the same system, but their composition of liquids can be very different. You can choose a particular flavor for your liquid, and you can also select the levels of nicotine. Some former smokers started using liquids without nicotine, just enjoying the habit of vaping without feeding their addiction anymore.
Kate Conn, who is the co-owner of the Steel City Vapors in Castle Shannon and Monroeville, has argued that before prohibiting anything, the board should allow business owners to determine the pros and cons of vaping. Karen Hacker, who is the director of the Health Department, has claimed that she supports any strategy imposed to help people gave up smoking. Nevertheless, she also asserted that there are no proves that vaping is dangerous.
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