It seems like every week the vaping community gets bad news. Whether it’s talk about new regulations concerning vaping, or the recent SB97 legislation in Texas that makes it near impossible to run an online vape store out of Texas.
On Thursday October 1st England and Wales have passed new legislation that bans the use of smoking products inside cars with children under the age of 17 in them. That means the driver and person smoking (assuming it wasn’t the driver) can face a $75 fine (£50) if caught smoking inside a car with young children. This applies whether your sunroof or windows are open or closed, and the only way around it is if you own a convertible with the top fully down and stowed away.
As an ex-smoker (and current vaper), this news makes me happy for a few reasons. First and foremost, I think this ban is long overdue. Besides the obvious health benefits (which is a little out of the scope of this article), there’s also a huge social benefit. Kids shouldn’t be forced to have to smell like an ashtray. Whether they are going to the store, school, or even a friends house, it’s a sure fire way to get your kid excluded from social events.
There’s also another reason for us vapers to be happy. This ban ONLY applies to smoking tobacco products, which vaping is not classified as. While I’m of the opinion you shouldn’t be vaping in the car with young children, it shows whoever wrote this ban knows there’s a distinct difference between vaping and smoking. That’s something US officials should take note of.