Did you know that it’s technically NOT illegal to vaporizer on planes or trains?!
California’s government has already had a perplexing, counter-intuitive and counter-productive battle with marijuana this year. Whether allowing cities to ban dispensaries left and right or denying millions of LA’s patients safe access, they’ve been on a senseless witch hunt. And it just got even stupider.
Bill SB 648 which has already passed the Senate seeks to ban the use of E-Cigarettes/Vaporizer Pens wherever cigarettes are banned. Here is the insane legislation that is going to pass in two weeks unless enough people fight back:
- Ban e-cigarette use in virtually all workplaces in California, including in hospitals. Violations would be punishable by fines of $100, $200, and $500. (Section 12)
- Ban e-cigarette use inside or within 20 feet of any public building or in a vehicle owned by the state. (Section 4)
- Declares that the use of electronic cigarettes “may be a hazard to the health of the general public,” and would include e-cigarettes in all future smoking bans passed in California. (Section 11)
- Ban e-cigarette use in railroads and air carriers*. (Section 13) (wait, it’s legal to vape on a plane?!)
…Because California’s police departments have nothing else to do but look for people making a conscious choice to smoke and live healthier. And it’s complete, utter bullshit.
The only problem with this assault on vapor rights? The state of California has absolutely no chance of enforcing this rule if it indeed passes. Because the E-Cig and Vaporizer Pen movements have passed the point of no return and there simply are not enough of pigs to to feed off the millions of vapors in the state of California.
Plus, good look catching the vaping miscreants of California: vaporizing is, in nature, extraordinarily discreet. Unless one does not inhale, there is virtually no scent from vaping (and ghost hits are a breeze). Thus, not only will the vapor have zero impact on society (especially compared to a cigarette)–but cops will be relying on “catching” a vapor by sight.
And there are A LOT OF VAPORIZERS IN CALIFORNIA.
If you go to out in California, Colorado, New York City, or any major city, portable vaporizer and e-cigs are simply everywhere. It’s a billion dollar industry, and one that will not stop exploding because of a law like this in California.
Whether it’s at a town carnival, a music festival, or your local golf course, vaporizers–like Cloud and G Pens–have emerged as the public blaze of choice. Off the top of my head, I can think of a dozen places I’ve brashly smoked a vaporizer pen in public without worrying about getting caught–and without any security guys or nearby patrons caring.
These are places that, even if this insane rule passes, don’t have the means or desire to piss off their customers/clients/peers by ratting them out for a plastic vaporizer from China that barely smells and helps their businesses:
3. Golf courses (and Mini-Golf Courses)
5. Strip Clubs
6. Movie Theaters (they have enough trouble checking tickets)
9. Strip Clubs (strippers really love vaporizer pens)
10. Your “non-smoking” apartment (that never said “non-vaporizing” when you moved in)
And good luck catching Darth Vapor as he sits in traffic on the 405 with nothing to do but listen to KCRW and slowly inhale some (almost) scentless OG Earwax…
Here’s how you can get involved to make sure this (pointless) ban doesn’t go down:
You are encouraged by the CASAA to contact your representative and let your voice be heard. Everyone’s voice and own story matters, so if you could also please submit testimony on SB 648 directly to Eric.Johnson@asm.ca.gov with the subject line “SB 648 Testimony.” If you have already submitted testimony, please resubmit it to ensure that members of the Government Organization Committee are sent it.