Governments Respond to Vaping

What is vaping? It is the act of breathing in and breathing out gas made a device earmarked for that purpose. As mentioned on, it entails a person taking in vapor from a nicotine e-cigarette. This e-cigarette, powered by a battery makes the liquid usually composed of nicotine, flavors of preference, and glycol hot. The person then takes in the resultant air and lets it out slowly.

Over the past two years, the use of the word Vape has risen by about 30 fold. It was even slated the word of the year by the English Oxford Dictionaries in 2014. It stands to reason that the word would not be so popular if the rate of e-cigarette usage was not also increasing. This rise in vaping poses difficulty for some different governments.

Is Vaping Good or Bad?

Vaping supporters claim that there is no real danger to it since it just inhaling and exhaling vapor and not smoke as in regular cigarettes. They also maintain that it has an edge over regular cigarettes like aiding smokers to stop. It is also used as a recreational activity for some people that don’t even smoke at all.

Even with these “benefits”, the vape is composed of nicotine which poses a lot of danger, especially in its liquid form, and a large number of distributors make it a tad difficult to regulated the contents of the liquid. Although no actions have yet been taken, the American (FDA) was interested in controlling the vape and its contents. Currently, vaping is not allowed in open spaces in a lot of American states, but the regulations are still flexible.

London and New York are the best examples of the divergent response of the government towards vaping.

New York

There is presently an argument directed at the removal of vape from the general market, only to be retained at particular outlets. In fact, e-cigarettes could no longer be used in the general public since 2014. Vape is now classified and addressed the same way as regular cigarettes. And although the ban has been contested and protested against, it has stayed, with payments for those seen vaping in public places.


A “vape-café” was launched in London at around the same period of the ban in New York, the first of its kind actually. Normal cigarettes are banned in public places but the use of vapes is flexible depending on the owner of an establishment, except public transportation. It absolutely cannot be used on the transport for London Network.

How about the rest of the World?

The response of other governments to vaping has been somewhat divergent. While there are limitations in France, there is no such thing in Germany. South Korea makes a profit from them via taxes but Australia on the other hand basically treats them as illegal. The majority of the Middle East is a “Vape-free” zone, while China has spotty usage.

What Lies Ahead for Vaping?

It is yet to be confirmed if these nicotine devices are truly a safer alternative for regular cigarettes or if they even help people stop smoking, but one thing is sure, it has definitely piqued the interest of young adults all over the world. Government policies on Vaping are variable and changing regularly. Perhaps other countries will follow the example of America by placing a ban on vaping in public places. It remains to be seen what the future of vaping will be.

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