The New York City Council announced the day before Thanksgiving that it would be having a meeting on December 4th to consider an indoor and outdoor ban on electronic cigarette use in all places where smoking is prohibited. The push comes after the city failed to essentially ban sale and use of flavored electronic cigarettes.
The timing is suspiciously tight as the council seeks a final vote by December 19th. It certainly appears as if the council is hoping to push the new ordinance by with as little detection and resistance as possible. It’s still not as bad as Beverly Hills announcing an emergency meeting one day before attempting to ban e-cigs. As we hear it, even that meeting managed to pull some 25 to 30 vapers that showed to speak against the ban.
However, it seems distinctly possible that the city will run into quite a bit more resistance. The sheer size of New York City (roughly 240 times the population of Beverly Hills) means there should be a lot more people looking to be heard. Hopefully they show up a good bit early this time — as the last meeting like this in the city was rapidly filled up and many of the Vapers were forced to wait outside.
Electronic cigarette consumer advocacy group CASAA is already involved and organizing a response at the meeting. The first focus will likely just be to delay the decision until information can be gathered on whether a ban like this is due. For every circumstantial argument about why a ban should happen, there seems to be 2 more for why it shouldn’t. It’s unlikely the decision-makers involved will change their minds about electronic cigarettes, but at a minimum, asking for some more due diligence should help lead to more reasonable legislation.
We’ll be keeping an eye on this as it develops.