Freedom Friday: The Movement to Ban Public Vaping is Gaining Momentum
“We don’t ban water because it looks like vodka.”—Spike Babian, co-owner of Vape New York, in testimony to the New York City council
Where there’s smoke (or, in this case, vapor), there’s not always fire. Local and national news outlets, social media, and, yes, you are ablaze following the news of New York City’s and Chicago’s bans on vaping wherever tobacco use is outlawed. Even more worrisome is the notion that other cities may quickly follow suit – or at least use this legislation as ammunition to bolster bans that are already in place.
What does this mean for you and your blu? Depending on your ZIP code, it could mean a dramatic restriction of your ability to use e-cigarettes in public spaces and could subject you to the same severe restrictions placed upon tobacco-cigarette smokers. Eventually, ordinances like this could even lead to limiting where you can purchase e-cigarette products. They’re also just plain unnecessary – the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has already announced its intent to regulate e-cigarettes soon, making these municipal initiatives both shortsighted and ill-informed.
Our goal at blu is to help empower you to make your voice heard – to deliver the basic information you need to speak up, and to support your personal freedom to vape in any way we can. That’s why we’re launching #FreedomFridays here on the blu blog: a monthlong series, published – you guessed it – every Friday, that takes a hard look at which cities are considering vaping bans and what you can do to stop them. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll offer up a do-and-don’t guide to protesting – filled with tips on the most effective ways to exercise your freedom to make noise – and hear from blu’s founder, Jason Healy.
But you don’t have to wait to take a stand. Use #ecigfreedom on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to join the conversation right now. Looking to make even more of an impact? Record a short video (just one to two minutes) on your smartphone, webcam or video camera where you talk directly to the camera as if you are addressing lawmakers. Tell them why you oppose the banning of e-cigs and why you use blu, then share your testimonial on social media using the #ecigfreedom hash tag. Take a minute to upload the video to WeTransfer.com and submit to the blu team at firstname.lastname@example.org (don’t worry, that part is free, too).
And for those of you in NYC and Chicago, it’s not too late to voice your opposition. Find your local city council representatives and tell them:
• You oppose banning the use of e-cigarettes in indoor and outdoor locations.
• E-cigs are different from traditional cigarettes – they produce no tobacco smoke, no ash and no odor.
• E-cigs are a welcome alternative to cigarettes.
• Restricting the use of e-cigs would discourage adult smokers from switching to e-cigs.
• Your reason for choosing e-cigs.
It’s time to take a stand. Join the blu Nation and become part of the movement to take back your freedom.