While New York City got all the e-cigarette news attention yesterday, Los Angeles (mostly) quietly did its own thing with e-cigarette regulations. Fortunately, the rules are for the most part reasonable, requiring purchasers to be 18. e-Cigarette sellers must also have a permit and mobile vendors are no longer allowed. However, there was quite a bit of anti-vaping sentiment on the council and they appear to want to leave the door open to roll the devices into regular smoke-free laws in the future.
A city permit will be required to sell the e-cigarettes, which will be banned from street and mobile vendors, such as food trucks.
Proponents of e-cigarettes are quick to defend the product, which they call “vaping” because of the vapor, not smoke, that they’re inhaling. Some, like 27-year-old LA resident Aaron Ronquillo, consider it the best alternative to smoking.
“I was a pack a day smoker. My friends said you need to try [e-cigarettes] out,” Ronquillo said. He credits “vaping” for helping him quit tobacco.
The city is considering additional restrictions that would ban the use of e-cigarettes in public places, such as restaurants and parks.
When LA slips under the radar because there are too many other e-cigarette fights afoot, you know things have gotten real.