Vaping Banned in All US National Parks
While this is not a blanket banned on vaping, National Park officials have decided to equate it to smoking. This means that vaping is prohibited in group walks, concessions or visitors centers, and pretty much everywhere else where superintendents say ‘NO’. What stings about this decision is not the fact that vaping is banned; it’s that it is equated with smoking. There are blanket smoking bans in national parks during times when there is a high risk of fires - in those circumstances, no one is allowed to smoke or light camp fires. This new vaping ban effectively says that vapers can’t vape even though there’s no combustion going on and no risk of fire - which is ridiculous!
National Park Service director, Michael Reynolds, quoted the FDA’s deeming rule as one of the guidelines in imposing this ban. “Protecting the health and safety of our visitors and employees is one of the most critical duties of the National Park Service…It is clear from a recent rule by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and a report by the Surgeon General that electronic cigarettes are a threat to public health, especially to the health of young people.”
A threat to public health? How much more damage will that bogus report by the Surgeon General cause to the vaping industry? It’s hard to tell but we’re afraid that things will only get worse in the future.
Original post by Jimmy Hafrey