Tuesday, February 7, 2012

North Myrtle Beach e-cig use ban fails to pass

 CASAA has been working with members since mid-January to get an ordinance to ban smoking in the City of North Myrtle Beach amended to remove references e-cigarettes. The ordinance passed a second reading before the City Council Monday night, amended without any mention of electronic cigarettes.

Vapers are still welcome in North Myrtle Beach
Organizations such as the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society and Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids have been sending model smoke-free ordinances that include electronic cigarettes to local governments and public health boards across the nation. These bans are usually based solely upon a misleading press statement released by the FDA in 2009, falsely suggesting that e-cigarettes contain harmful levels of toxic chemicals and carcinogens. In spite of the fact that there have been no complaints made to the FDA MedWatch regarding significant negative health effects related to e-cigarette use and no public outcry objecting to e-cigarette use where smoking is prohibited, the devices are still being portrayed as a potential danger to the public by these organizations.

Fortunately, upon receiving testimonials from e-cigarette users that they have been able to quit smoking and their health has improved since switching to e-cigarettes, along with experiencing e-cigarette vapor demonstrations, many government officials are seeing the negative claims being made as baseless and are refusing to include e-cigarettes in smoking ordinances.

Unfortunately, for every proposed ban of which CASAA is made aware and able to counter, there are hundreds more in the works. It is imperative that members remain vigilant and alert CASAA of potential legislation in their area.

The North Myrtle Beach amendment is the latest of CASAA's successful campaigns, which include Delaware County, IN, Alexandria, LA, Boise, ID and Alameda, CA.


Motivaper said...

Yay CASAA! Thank you!!!

Gavin Timothy said...

Good news, it is totally ridiculous to ban electronic cigarettes, people have found an easy to quit smoking, let them succeed don't impose bans on ecigs.