Following other counties and cities in the United States, a council member in Prince George’s County in Maryland has recently introduced a bill titled CB-91-2013 that would outlaw the use of electronic cigarettes in restaurants, bars and public and senior housing units.
Many outsiders are claiming because people are not allowed to smoke traditional cigarettes in public places (i.e. bars and restaurants), the same theory should apply for e-cigarettes. The Smoke Free Alterative Trade Association (SFATA) dispels this comparison by pointing out that e-cigarettes produce no smoke and do not possess tobacco or the nearly 3,000 known carcinogen chemicals that traditional tobacco cigarettes contain.
The electronic cigarette is an innovative technology that delivers nicotine from a cartridge in the form of water vapor. The e-liquid inside of an e-cigarette generally contains nicotine, Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerin (VG). Both PG and VG are FDA approved substances and can be found in several toothpaste and shampoo products at your local grocery store.
Prince George’s County Council Member Ingrid Turner is responsible for proposing this new Maryland bill, claiming that she is trying to make Maryland ‘more healthy.’ SFATA is encouraging County Council Member Turner to learn more about this innovative product and the overall industry before imposing severe regulation that could negatively affect her local constituents. If you are an e-cigarette business owner or advocate who lives in Prince George’s County, we encourage you to reach out to Ingrid Turner via email to express your concerns as to why this bill should be revoked. For more e-cigarette industry updates and news, follow SFATA on Twitter and “Like” the Official SFATA Facebook Fan Page.