Electronic Cigarette Discrimination

Today, in this climate where it is not safe for a smoker to be a smoker, by any means, it was shown just how discriminatory people and establishments can be when it comes to smoking. Now, by law, this area has a smoking ban, which has prompted many people to opt for Electronic Cigarettes, or E-Cigs, which are used to aid people to quit smoking and produce only water vapor – no toxic smoke whatsoever.

So, what happened? Well, my mother went with her good friend to Busch Stadium in Saint Louis to see a Cardinal’s Baseball game this afternoon. What was supposed to be a pleasant end of summer afternoon enjoying a ballgame, in great seats mind you, went awry when an usher approached my mother and her friend telling them that they could not smoke in the stadium. This was no problem, as they both respected this was a non-smoking (albeit outdoor) facility, as they tried to explain that they were using E-Cigs. “That doesn’t matter, you’re not allowed to smoke those here.”

My mother put hers away, and her friend separated the batter from the filter, and simply held it, not even using it at this point, when they were approached again by a supervisor and told that they could not smoke in the stadium. At this point both replied that they had already complied, reluctantly with the first request.

If we’re going to walk down this slippery slope where we restrict people’s freedom to consume cigarettes, or drink copious amounts of sugary sodas; what will be taken away next? Another prohibition? There is already a movement looking to ban sugar sweets altogether. So, aside of the implications of there being laws that can affect how much you can consume or where you can consume legal substances that do not [significantly] impair your judgment, where do we draw the line? Should we not allow smokers to opt for healthier alternatives in our venues? The only reason I can see to do this is to maintain an image and appease the non-smokers, which is just ridiculous.

If these venues were really thinking about the health of their patrons, E-Cigs would not only be allowed, they would be promoted to encourage people from sneaking out to take a drag on a real cigarette while creating a friendly environment for everyone, smokers and non-smokers alike.

What are your thoughts?

3 thoughts on “Electronic Cigarette Discrimination

  1. Kelsey says:

    This happened to me and some friends as well. We were enjoying a ballgame and were approached by an usher telling us we could not smoke electronic cigarettes in the stadium. Electronic cigarettes are supposed to be an exception to the no smoking laws. I agree that smokers are being outcast just to make non smokers happy. This is not fair. I don’t necessarily want to sit next to a drunk pervert who spits half eaten hot dog in my hair either, but you don’t hear me complaining about that.

  2. kelly says:

    We drove down 4hours to watch a game and were up high in the stand, it was a pretty good walk to get to the smoking zone. A friend brought a electronic cigarette an usher approached him and said he wasn’t allowed to use it. She was rude and was pulling out her book to show him their policy, now I have researched it and the frustration he was put through was uncalled for.

  3. Brian Ballas says:

    A few minutes ago I have just experience such discrimination at Hilstone in Winter Park, Florida. A hostess approached me and began to tell me I can’t use my ecigarette and that they have a corner where smokers can smoke. Now I started to smoke ecigs to quit cigarettes and to be healthier with a bad habit. I feel it is counter productive to be thrown into a completely separate group of people who still choose to smoke real cigarettes. It’s highly offensive and a blatant form of discrimination. I explained that it is vapor and it is not detrimental to the environment nor the surrounding community. I was then told that ” it does not matter the establishment does not allow smoking on the premises.” Again, it is a vapor. No harmful chemicals are surrounding the people around me. In fact it smelled of watermelon. That did not matter, I was still discriminated against and thrown into the smoker crowd. As our rights of freedom are constantly altered and restricted, we are now being restricted and terrorized for choosing the safe alternative. It is counter productive to throw someone into a group of smokers when it is hard enough quitting real cigarettes to begin with. Now you are going to tell me vaping is the same thing as smoking? Unbelievable. People are becoming more and more ignorant and close-minded to the things they do not understand. It is offensive and apphauling. It is discouraging that even still with a healthy alternative, venues and establishments categorize vapors into the same group as smokers. It is ridiculous and sheds a pure light of ignorance on society.

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