Hello world. As usual we bring you this week’s vaping headlines including news on a judge in New York who had ruled that vaping is not smoking. Read on!
New York Court Rules that Vaping Is Not Smoking
A New York judge recently ruled that vaping is not smoking and the two words should not be used interchangeably. Currently, smoking is banned in most public areas in New York. However, the judge said that doesn’t mean vaping is automatically banned as well.
The ruling was made after a vaper was cited for using his vaping device on a subway platform, he then challenged the issue in court. The judge said that New York law defines smoking as “the burning of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or any other matter or substance which contains tobacco”. However, the court said that this definition excluded vapor devices.
An electronic cigarette neither burns nor contains tobacco. Instead, the use of such a device, which is commonly referred to as ‘vaping,’ involves the inhalation of vaporized e-cigarette liquid consisting of water, nicotine, a base of propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin and occasionally, flavoring.
The court noted.
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Map of Pending Tax Threats to Vapor Products in the States
There are 15 states still considering imposing excise or “sin” taxes on e-cigarettes. This policy has been strongly opposed by Americans for Tax Reform in every state. E-cigarettes are believed to be effective smoking cessation tools that are helping thousands of Americans quit smoking. Americans for Tax Reform is calling upon politicians to not only reject efforts to raise e-cigarettes taxes, but also publicly embrace and celebrate the growth of the vaping industry.
Here’s a map of the states considering to ban vaping products:
More details available on Americans for Tax Reforms.