There has often been a misconception where people group e-cigarettes together with traditional cigarettes. It was quite ironic when people grouped e-cigarettes as the same tobacco product as that of traditional cigarettes even though it does not require any combustion and does not contain any tobacco. Nevertheless, many still label e-cigarettes as a tobacco product and claim that vaporizers should be further regulated. However, the New York Court has announced this year that e-cigarettes are not the same as traditional cigarettes. Jimmy Hafrey provides insight into this event as he states that “It was bound to come down to a judge’s ruling eventually, but we didn’t know it would happen this soon. In New York, a judge just ruled that vaping is not smoking and the two words cannot be used interchangeably. New York currently bans smoking in most public areas, but according to the judge that doesn’t mean vaping is automatically banned as well.
After a vaper was cited for using his device on a subway platform, he challenged the issue in court. In “People vs. Thomas”, 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,” the court noted. “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.”
During the case, the state argued that the ban on vaping should be understood and there was no need for a specific prohibition on vapor devices because “the courts of New York have yet to make a determination as to whether electronic cigarettes are to be viewed any differently under these sections than tobacco cigarettes.”
However, the judge ruled that this argument was invalid. After all, vapor devices just do not match up with the state’s current definition of “smoking” and cannot be treated as tobacco products if they contain no tobacco.” (Jimmy Hafrey, ChurnMag.com, article: “New York Court Rules that Vaping Is Not Smoking”)
At least in New York, it is now recognized that e-cigarettes are not the same as traditional cigarettes. It makes no sense to treat vaping the same as smoking. It was because of this difference between the two that e-cigarettes were able to become so popular in the first place. It grabbed the attention of the thousands of smokers who were looking for a way to quit smoking. E-cigarettes were brought about and have been marketed as an alternative to smoking from the start. It was an attempt to provide people unable to quit smoking with an alternative that would actually work. So far, vaporizers have already helped thousands of people quit smoking (at least one year). Many of these people say they would not have been able to quit had it not been for e-cigarettes.
E-cigarettes are holding up their reputation as an alternative to smoking. Though many have been able to quit through e-cigarettes, many are still demanding that e-cigarettes be treated the same as that of tobacco products. Things have gotten tangled up and many are now striving to regulate or trying to ban these products. Even though most recognize that e-cigarettes do have the potential to save thousands of lives, they still ban vaporizers on the basis that not enough research has been done on these devices to declare them as being completely safe. As of now, intensive research needs to be done and the correct information needs to be published to bring about an increased awareness of the effectiveness of e-cigarettes.