The more popular
e cigarettes become, the more the debate rages over whether they should be
treated like cigarettes or viewed as safer than their smoke-producing
counterparts. Heathrow Airport in London recently took the latter view, by
establishing the world’s first
public e Cigarette lounge, where people can congregate to vape like they
once gathered to smoke cigarettes. The biggest difference, of course, is that
the lounge doesn’t need any ashtrays.
e Cigarettes burst
onto the scene in the mid 2000s, when they were touted as a healthy alternative
to smokable tobacco products. In the past decade, the FDA has expressly
forbidden e cigarette retailers from promoting electronic cigarettes as quitting
aids for smoking or from marketing them as a safer product when it comes to
people’s health. And, along with taking away this designation, many successive
restrictions have been put in place to keep e cigs and tobacco products in the
same group—namely banning them from indoor public places.
The benefits of e cigarettes
When it comes to
using cigarettes and e cigs indoors, the FDA may look upon them as one in the
same, but Heathrow’s decision to create an indoor vaping lounge serves to shake
a finger at this careless grouping. As this world-class airport sees it, gone
is the secondhand smoke that hangs gloomily about in the air; gone is the
inherent fire hazard of using a product that burns; and the chance of lighters
and matches falling into the playful hands of children is eliminated.
In fact, these very
points are the reasons why an e cigarette lounge is even feasible. Most big
airports got rid of smoking lounges a few years ago, when public smoking bans
began sweeping across the Western Hemisphere. The fact that an e cigarette
lounge has been created is proof that e cigarettes are in a vastly
different class than their tobacco filled predecessors. They may look like the
real McCoy and deliver a soothing inhale to users, but in the eyes of the
airport, many of the drawbacks of cigarettes are gone.
The future of e cigarettes
Once considered an
technological oddity, e cigs have become a billion dollar industry, with
several big brands competing for the top position. Along with the increased
popularity has come close scrutiny over whether e cigarettes should be regulated
like traditional cigarettes. Because the former emits no smoke and the vapor they
emits quickly evaporates, we at AmericaneLiquidStore® believe people should be
free to use e cigarettes anywhere—and now, it looks like one of the most
frequented airports in the world agrees with us!
The first official
e cigarette lounge is both a victory and a defeat for e cig users. It shows
that some places will prohibit the use of the devices in public, but it also
demonstrates that the devices are unlikely to be treated as something they
aren’t: a modern extension of the old fashioned cigarette. When places regulate
the use of e cigarette products, we can only hope they have the good sense
of Heathrow officials and create areas where people can vape.