Last night, New York City Council passed, 43-8, a bill that would ban e-cigarettes in public places.
“Electronic cigarettes are an unregulated product that threaten to turn back the important gains we as a city have made in the last decade to de-normalize the act of smoking and to maintain a clean air environment to live, work, and play,” Council member James Gennaro said after the legislation was approved by the Health Committee on Wednesday.
The growing demographic of vapers in New York were not pleased.
As someone in the office just put it: “You can die for your country, but you can’t smoke a cigarette.” That line, usually just applicable to drinking throughout the United States, will soon apply to anyone between the ages of 18 and 20 trying to buy tobacco products in New York City. Today, Mayor Bloomberg signed a new law (passed by City Council earlier this year) that means in 180 days it will no longer be legal for high school seniors to use time-honored traditions to look cool at parties where there are college kids.
This is the first time in America’s history where a city or a state has raised the age to prohibit young adults from purchasing tobacco products.
Of course, it’s all for “our own good.”
Today, The New York Post wrote yet another story about how all the kids these days are smoking e-cigarettes. (In fact, with no studies showing e-cigarette age ranges, we’ll put our money on the products being mostly consumed by older adults who are trying to quit smoking, as the products aren’t very “cool.”)
Good news for the vaping community! A new study, produced by the environmental health consulting firm CHANGE LLC, claims that the secondhand risks from e-cigarette vapors are minuscule, and we should all just be chill about co-workers using them in the office.
Do you remember that amazing Stephen Dorff “Behind the Scenes” infomercial for Blu-E Cigarettes? The one that was six minutes of rambling, apparently unedited footage of actor Stephen Dorff (Blade, FeardotCom, Space Truckers) wearing a silly hat and playing piano in someone’s beach bungalow while taking e-cig breaks during a commercial for the Blu-U brand?
Well, one e-cigarette company decided to take it to the next level. Meet White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes’ newest spokesperson … Stephen DWARF.
Johnny Depp has switched. So have Kate Moss, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper, Robert Pattinson, Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. Lady Gaga goes both ways, and it’s been reported (though unconfirmed) that Ryan Seacrest might be in the closet about his preference. Then there was that infamous moment when Katherine Heigl actually did it on Letterman, “I bet I’m freaking y’all out right now!” she told her stunned host. “Someone better call the P.C. police!”
And it’s not just famous people—New Yorkers are struggling with their not-so-secret habits, too. The night before the United Nations General Assembly met last month, Maggie Norris, an Upper East Side clothing designer, was nervously tapping her feet inside the grand entrance to the Waldorf-Astoria. While the leaders of 90 different countries gathered for an awards ceremony, Ms. Norris fingered her contraband.