California Wants to Ban E-Cigs, Vaporizer Pens, and Kill Fun


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.


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:

1. Hotels

2. Clubs

3. Golf courses (and Mini-Golf Courses)

4. Casinos

5. Strip Clubs

6. Movie Theaters (they have enough trouble checking tickets)

7. Beaches

8. Buses

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 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. 

About Author

Barry has been writing about marijuana for over five years. Prior to joining, Barry wrote about sports and music. His work has appeared on TIME, The Huffington Post, Deadspin, and elsewhere on the Internet. In his spare time, he enjoys disco and Kosher Kush.


  1. Virginia Olson on

    This seems unenforceable , and takes away a cleaner way to use nicotine. No smoke or scent! Why bother ?

  2. Eat shit lawmakers! This is not your country to make whatever laws you see fit! We put you communist in power and we ll take it away! I don’t know who the F#%^ you people think you are! Make a law saying that if you shit on society the general public you get shit on!

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  4. SB648 was submitted in April 2013. Write to gov to protest. He is the author of the bill. Look up your representative for your district California senator on line. There is NO ERIC JOHNSON

  5. we are the tax payers! we deserve our right to be an american! wtf are troops fighting for our “freedom”? if we can even smoke yet alone vape??? this makes no sense if it bothers them that much well then dont vape everyone has the freedom of choice. fuck them ass holes trying to control everyone cant we all just get a bong???

  6. Lol but cigarettes are legal.. Just trying to save those billionaires.. God forbid they lost a little profit. But yet it’s still cool for lapd to harass people

  7. I hope they ban e-cigs because they pollute the air with toxic chemicals. The second reason they should ban them is because using one makes you look as stupid as wearing around a bluetooth headset. If you must breathe in water vapor laced with toxic chemicals, maybe the tailpipe of a bus would do?

  8. What a waste of time on behalf of these law makers. It’s safer, healthier, and odorless, why try to get rid of it? Shouldn’t they just be counting their blessings? For the sake of our fun, I hope they don’t succeed.

  9. This is kind of ridiculous…I can kind of see where they are coming from because you are burning an herb. But the smell and smoke is of such a low degree that I don’t really see a problem with it.

    I think it’s good to encourage people to vape their herbs and tobacco as it will keep the regular smoke to a minimum.

    It’s the wave of the future….hope on board!

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  13. Is just saying you cant smoke in a public f@*# place. People dont want that near them. It makes complete f*@# sense.

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