It’s become all too commonplace for bans to be rapidly passed by legislators by merely equating vaping with smoking. Despite the growing evidence that says vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking, public health officials still discourage smokers from making the switch through the passing of bans. That’s why it’s so great to see a government body go against the grain and do something others are too afraid to do. That’s precisely what the Alaskan House Rules Committee did when they voted to change a bill that placed vaping devices under the umbrella of “tobacco products.”
A Change Of Heart
During the 2017 legislative session, Alaska state Senate approved a ban that equated vaping and smoking. This was set to place heavy regulations on the manufacturers and independent shop owners across the state by allowing the existent anti-tobacco rules to reign in vaping use. Unfortunately, when this happened, it was no surprise to anyone in the vaping community as many have become used to the creeping regulations. But advocates and lobbyists for the vaping industry in Alaska have been working to stall the 2018 legislative session all year, which finally forced the committee to reconsider.
Read more about this here: https://www.churnmag.com/news/e-cigarettes-no-longer-considered-tobacco-products-alaska-law/