The Grinches Who Stole Vaping — The NYC Council Health Board Decision

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ny-grinchThe following is a personal account of the New York City Council’s health board’s decision made on December 18th of 2013 to ban electronic cigarette use in all places where smoking too is banned.  The account comes from the co-owner of New York-based electronic cigarette company and manufacturer Cherry Vape, Cheryl Richter.  Richter has been extremely active in support of the electronic cigarette industry in New York and nationally.  Voting will occur today (Dec. 19th) with the City Council at large to determine whether the proposal is officially accepted.

Today, I witnessed the NYC Health Council, perhaps unwittingly, sentence many New Yorkers to death by smoking. In a unanimous vote, with few exceptions, they sat resolute and smug and proud while they voted yes to ban e-cigarettes in the same public spaces that tobacco smoking is not allowed according to the Clean Health Air Act.

No comments from the public were allowed.  In the hushed room sat members of the press, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ASCSCAN) and various members of other anti-vaping groups. On the flip side were various e-cig advocates, from the American Council on Health and Science’s Dr. Gilbert Ross, Attorney Gregory Conley, e-cigarette business representatives from Logic, and my team from Cherry Vape.

A flyer from ACSCAN was on each chair listing supposed and unsubstantiated claims that vaping was evil because it looked like smoking, creates confusion, and, of course, stats quoted from that highly edited CDC study. It also contained seemingly made up stats I’ve never seen before which lacked any citation or reference.

As each member of the committee recited their vote of “Yes,” a few offered explanation as to why they voted for the ban. Some even looked like they had mulled over their decision. Deborah L Rose (49th District), James G Van Bramer (26th District), Peter F Vallone, Jr. (22nd District), and Inez E. Dickens, (9th District) all seemed somewhat aware of the weight of the decision they had made.

They expressed some common reasons (ones we’ve come to hear from the “antis”) as to why they were voting yes.  Although they felt there could be some health benefits to e-cigs, (they also felt) the science presented on both sides was conflicting. As to the affect of second hand vapor, they may not know yet what is in it, but the ability to smell the clouds of heavy vapor that permeated the hearing room a few weeks prior was evidence enough for them that they were being exposed to something.  In their view, the public shouldn’t be exposed if they don’t know what’s in it and whether or not it’s safe.

Voting will occur today with the New York City Council to determine whether the proposal goes into effect.

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  1. here_miah says

    If the public were able to think for themselves (which they are) they would be able to make their own decisions (which they do) about what they do or do not see as a threat. When I’m out vaping and someone gives me a dirty look, rather than just blow it at them, I take that opportunity to tell them about what I am doing and what it is- two days ago I conversed with a grandfather at the park with his grandchildren about vaping and he went to the local shop the next day and bought a starter kit. WE LIKE TO VAPE, WE DON’T LIKE SMOKING ANYMORE. LEAVE US ALONE!

  2. Upset Former Smoker says

    As a former smoker and current vaper, I will now be boycotting anything whatsoever to do with New York City.

    I will not conduct business with anyone located in NYC. I know my actions single handedly won’t bankrupt NYC, but it is the only meaninful thing I can do to have an impact that these authoritarian a**hats understand.

    Peace to the residents of New York, your elected officials are a**tards.

  3. Vaping Success says

    Really does not surprize me, New Yorkers. The City Council really has no clue, so why would they understand now?

    They do not understand that I, like thousands of others, are no longer funding big tobacco. They are not understanding I no longer fund big Pharma either. Since no longer smoking cigarettes and turning to vaping, i was actually pulled off my high blood pressure medicine. I no longer need allergy medication, nor do I suffer from headaches.

    I guess you are only improving your quality of life if you do it their way.

    Utter garbage, counselmen. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Hopefully your price of ignorance is far less than in Germany 1942.

  4. Forty2zero says

    I can smell peoples dryer sheets when I walk by! There must be something going HERE! 50ft away & thats not a concern, but you stop smelling vapor about 2 ft away,AGHH, I MIGHT; what? Smell something? What do they think they are taking into their lungs walking down the soap isle in the grocery? If you can smell it you’re breathing it. I would also think if one were going to “vote” on something, & said persons’ decision will affect many, the responsible thing would be to do your homework.

  5. hallucinoJEN aka Jennifer A. says

    They unanimously voted to include e-cigs in the smoking ban. Not surprising coming from the Bloomberg administration. When I go to NYC, I’ll be sure to stealth vape where smoking is prohibited. I stealth vaped in restaurants in NJ and no one was the wiser.

  6. Vapor Saved Me says

    This decision (surprisingly not in CA) is ANOTHER small loss of personal liberty which the government intends to enforce. Little by little, under the guises of Safety/Security/Health, personal freedom and privacy is being taken away. Slowly turning up the heat on the stove, until one day: We’re cooked.

    Of course there are certain hazards they won’t touch like car exhausts, or chemical plants, and petro-refineries. They can spew as they like, long as the billionaire-elites run our politicians like so many marionettes.

    These are not the principles which this Nation was founded upon. We do not need government in our lives for anything more than Defensive Military, Police, Fire, and building roads. We’ve let government grow too large, and we’ve let money influence politics, and this is a repercussion of that. Wouldn’t be surprised if “Big Tobacco” is putting money behind the “Anti-Vapor” nonsense.

    Will they be banning flatulence next? The gases being expelled from some grotesques on public buses and trains are far more toxic/carcinogenic than vaporized Vegetable Glycerin. How about public sneezing? Coughing? Pronouncing the letter “S” with a lisp, thus expelling saliva? Someone made the point about chemical vapor coming off of clothing, what about that? God knows what’s in dryer sheets or Tide. I’m sure we shouldn’t inhale that either.

    Nanny-State will smother us all. It is it’s very reason for existing.

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