This is utterly bewildering.
The National Park Service already prohibits smoking inside its buildings and in many outdoor spots included in its many miles of landholdings, and now vaping with an e-cigarette will be banned as well: the agency announced Monday that e-cigs can’t be used anywhere traditional smoking is already prohibited.
What comes out of these is vapor…it dissipates fairly quickly. I can see where they might be concerned about people vaping in small spaces, since we don’t fully know what the effects are of inhaling someone else’s vapor (if any), but…again, it’s vapor. And in the great outdoors, that vapor is not going to hurt anyone, no matter what’s in it. Seriously, what are they worried about?
That means that if a park superintendent decided to put the kibosh on outdoor smoking to prevent forest fires, that would mean e-cigarettes would be banned as well, despite the fact that there likely is minimal risk of starting a fire with one of the vaping devices.
Ohhhhh, right. Sucking on an electronic stick is a fire hazard. Because, you know, there’s so much open flame involved. We don’t want to set entire forests ablaze with all these electronics and evaporated oils. So much scary combustion happening!!1!
Here’s a mind-blowing fact for the National Forest Service: e-cigs don’t use fire. Here, allow me to illustrate (via Wikipedia). See that silver thing? There’s no fire in that. And those white bits? No fire in those either. Even the glowing tip has no fire in it, because…it’s not a real cigarette. BAM! Your entire worldview has been shattered, right? I know, it’s hard to believe there’s no fire involved. Such awesome things they can do with technology and stuff. </sarcasm>
Personally, I don’t use e-cigs. I’ve puffed on them before out of curiosity, but it’s not really for me since I’d rather be addicted to caffeine vs. nicotine if I had to pick one. I’ve vaped quite a bit of leafy things on a “pen” vaporizer though, and while the vapor from can have a bit of a skunky smell, it’s gone pretty quickly and it’s a far cry from the poison gas that comes out of a real burning cigarette. (FYI, those are the ones that use fire.)
I realize they’re still doing research on any long-term effects of vaping on the human body, but in terms of fire-starting potential and carcinogenic “secondhand vapor”, let’s not pretend they’re anywhere near the same as a fire-burning cigarette, shall we? Not until we have some concrete evidence, that is. Relax, people…wouldn’t you rather people be sucking on these vs. the real thing?