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City Ordinances are Limiting Vaping Use

Posted on 7 December 2016 | 7:21 pm by

Everywhere you turn there is a law for something or another in place. It seems like everything you do is regulated by someone. That can be pretty frustrating to say the least, especially when it comes to something that you should be able to choose for yourself. Recently, there have been numerous stories about the changes in vaping laws. Different municipalities around the country are passing different laws and regulations relating to how they feel people should be able to use the products. Things are no different in Manhattan City than they are anywhere else.

The city commission passed a vaping ban back on November 15th that prohibited the use of these devices in any place of employment or public places. An enclosed public building or a building where the public is invited are both including on the list of places where you aren't allowed to use cigarettes or vaping products. While that makes sense in some regard, it is still frustrating. After all, if the business owner is okay with having a place for their employees to smoke or vape, why shouldn't they be allowed to do so? Doesn't that take away from their own freedom of choice and the right to enact upon their beliefs as they see fit?

Back in 2008, the clerk's office received a proposed ordinance and petitions requiring that the city prohibit tobacco smoking in places of employment and public places. The ordinance didn't include vaping, which is why the new ordinance is now being put into place to make sure that it covers all of the bases so to speak. While some aren't going to mind the new ordinance, that doesn't mean everyone is going to feel the same way. Many in the community feel like they just lost something of the utmost importance to them. In fact, it is getting to the point where the only place you can smoke or vape is in your own home or vehicle.

Manhattan has a small vaping community and many would hate to lose that. In fact, many were able to give up smoking traditional cigarettes all because they turned to vaping instead. As a business owner, Crayton Caswell has heard a number of different success stories from people in the area. Now, all of that is being put in jeopardy because the local ordinances are making it even more difficult for people to vape than what it used to be.

Astonishingly, tobacco use declined by 2 percent in 2015. Imagine how much of a change it could make with each passing year if more and more individuals started turning to vaping products over a traditional cigarette. It was in 2015 that these products started gaining in popularity and more people ventured away from tobacco. If vaping is the key to helping many people give up smoking and turn to something else, why make it so difficult for people to do so?

The number of lives that could be saved by people quitting smoking is surreal. It seems as if the majority of things you do in life have someone over them telling you whether you are allowed to do so or not. Who knows what is going to happen next? It is only a matter of time before even more regulations are imposed on vaping.



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