While many counties have proposed regulations regarding banning the sale of electronic cigarettes and flavored e-liquid, the first county in the United States has taken action. Council members in Sonoma, California approved a measure that will ban the sale of electronic cigarettes, cheap cigars, and most flavored tobacco in the town.
This measure also states that no new businesses will be allowed to sell tobacco products and the existing 15 businesses (none of which are dedicated vape shops) will have to obtain a tobacco license for $246 per year.
This ban lumps flavored e-juice into the flavored tobacco products category, which is an extremely poor decision. Residents of Sonoma, California will now have to seek out other methods of purchasing electronic cigarettes and e-juice, making the switch to vaping a much more difficult process.
The vote passed with unanimous decision on Monday, May 18, 2015. There will be one more vote, likely this month, before the ban will go into effect on September 1st. Since the initial vote was passed unanimously, it is unlikely that they will change their mind.
Who does this really hurt? The people that are interested in making the switch to vaping. If you’re a smoker in Sonoma, California that wanted to try electronic cigarettes, you would automatically be deterred by the fact that you had to travel out of your city to purchase a beginners setup and vape juice.
With this ban, other counties will take notice and begin planning their own regulations. As vapers, we must come together and take a stand and let our local legislators and government officials know the positives about vaping. Whether you were a pack a day smoker for one year or thirty years, your story deserves to be told! Please check out SFATA (SFATA Facebook page) to stay up-to-date on any deeming regulations.
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