Crime & Public Safety

Ban on vaping indoors?

Nov 01, 2017

New York last month became the latest state to ban e-cigarettes and vaping in indoor public areas. where traditional tobacco cigarettes are prohibited, such as restaurants, bars and other workplaces. Read more about this issue. On November 1, Citizens Count NH decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should New Hampshire ban e-cigarettes and vaping from indoor public areas?”

Should New Hampshire ban e-cigarettes and vaping from indoor public areas?

Indoor Vaping Ban Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 439 participants gave 905 responses.

A total of 93% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 7% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 439 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 905 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said

No: A slight majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 53%, were opposed to banning e-cigarettes or vaping from indoor public areas.

  • “I would say let the establishment decide whether they want to ban them or not.”
  • “No… It's vapor, not smoke. It's not like cigarettes despite what the uneducated masses believe. Making vaping less accessible contributes to keeping more people hooked on tobacco.”
  • “No. People should just try having some decency without a law telling them to.”

Yes: A minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 47%, were in favor of banning e-cigarettes or vaping from indoor public areas.

  • “Yes, absolutely. Keep your harmful toxins to yourself, please.”
  • “Yes. Vaping is not without its health risks and [users] should not be allowed to place others at risk.”
  • “Should be treated just the same a cigarettes.  Both habits are disgusting.”

Other: As noted above, 7% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Smoking: “Quit smoking. Both my parents died of COPD – destroyed lungs.”
  • Health concerns: “If people would just figure out all you have to do is vape clean organic uncured tobacco from an atomizer with no carbon monoxide (or very little), all would be well.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes.

Read the full Facebook discussion of this question.

Comments

Mike Dunbar
- Hampton

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 5:29pm

Comment: 

While I personally prefer not to stand in a cloud of strawberry-scented vapor, I don't think it is the government's place to decide whether or not patrons of various establishments should be allowed to vape. Rather, establishment owners should exercise their right to set rules about what is permitted on their property.

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