Vape Flavor Bans Rising in U.S.

A Flurry of Flavored Vaping Bans is Forcing Vapers Back to Tobacco

September 17, 2019

We’ve all seen the news. Headline after headline…

“Outbreak of Lung Disease Associated with E-Cigarette Use, or Vaping” says the CDC.

“Sixth Person Dies of Severe Lung Illness, CDC Says to Stop Vaping as They Investigate 450 Cases” says People.com

“Cases of Vaping-Related Lung Illness Surge, Health Officials Say” says the New York Times.

“There Are Now Nearly 200 Cases of Severe Lung Illnesses Tied to Vaping” says LiveScience.com.

“Trump Administration Plans to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes” says the New York Times.

The truth is, yes, the illnesses are tied to vaping. But what the headlines are leaving out and are only including at the very bottom of their articles is that the lung illnesses are tied to vaping THC cartridges containing Vitamin E. acetate, which was thought to be a “revolutionary” thickening agent in the recreational cannabis industry (until the outbreak, of course). And, of course, the black market caught wind of the new “revolutionary” thickening agent, and now here we are.

Even after this discovery, health organizations and government officials continued telling the public to avoid using electronic cigarettes. In the meantime, a leading cannabis extractor located in Oregon admitted the company started using Vitamin E acetate as a thickening agent in a line of THC cartridges after a “revolutionary” discovery, which was apparently approved by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC).

After news of Vitamin E acetate as the culprit for what has been determined as lipoid pneumonia, a condition that occurs when fat particles enter the lungs, the company immediately discontinued all THC vaping products containing Vitamin E, while others in the industry simply went dark, letting e-cigarettes take the fall. And now e-cig flavor bans are coming from all directions.

A Growing List of Flavored Vape Bans Across the U.S.

In the wake of the lung illness outbreak, flavor bans are popping up all over the country. At White Cloud, we do agree that the vaping industry is no doubt in need of regulations to not only protect public health, but the industry itself. And for reasons like this. But, while health organizations and local governments might think they’re winning “the war” against vaping and the teen vaping “epidemic” with flavor bans, those opposed to such bans, including Michael Siegel, say what these bans will inevitably do is push vapers back to cigarettes or create an even bigger, unregulated, dangerous black market.

Imagine the headlines once uneducated vapers who’ve lost legal access to vapor products start trying to create their own flavored e-liquids using potentially harmful ingredients (like Vitamin E). Regardless of the findings regarding the recent lung illness outbreak and the potential consequences of enforcing harsh regulations on vapor products, state and local governments are still moving forward with flavor bans.

Michigan’s Flavored Vape Ban Takes Effect October 2

On September 4, 2019, Michigan became the first state to move forward with a ban on flavored vapor products, including mint and menthol varieties. The ban is taking place under the state’s emergency administrative rule by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Effective October 2, 2019, Michigan’s flavored vape ban will prohibit both retail and online sales of flavored vaping products within the state, with an exception for tobacco-flavored vapor products.

New York Follows Michigan’s Footsteps – And Beats Them to It

New York came in on the heels of Michigan with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement of an emergency ban on flavored vaping products in response to the recent outbreak of lung illnesses – despite the fact that the New York State Department of Health made an announcement regarding a breakthrough into the investigation with a possible link to THC vape cartridges, rather than nicotine e-cigarettes. The link was discovered after detecting high levels of Vitamin E acetate in nearly all of the THC cartridge samples analyzed by the Wadsworth center.

Regardless of the findings, the ban officially passed with a vote by the Public Health and Health Planning Council on Tuesday night, September 17. And now New York will officially become the first state to ban flavored e-cigs, beating Michigan by just a few days with the effective date of October 1st.

On a somewhat positive note, New York (unlike Michigan) will allow menthol vaping products to remain on the market. So those who use menthol electronic cigarettes will not be losing access on October 1st, however, there has been mention that this may only be “for now”.

White Cloud Tobacco Flavor Options for Customers Affected by Bans

By early October, we here at White Cloud will have no choice but to discontinue shipping flavored vapor products to our affected customers. Now as vapers ourselves, we’re having quite a hard time suggesting tobacco flavor options for our customers who will be affected by these upcoming flavor bans.

We simply cannot say, “Oh you enjoy our Espresso flavor? Then you’ll LOVE our Regular tobacco flavor.” No, you probably won’t. We know that. But it is possible to get used to it, just like you may have gotten used to e-cigs after switching from tobacco – and at this point, your only choices are to switch to a tobacco flavor, go back to traditional cigarettes 😱, or to simply quit altogether. We all know that’s easier said than done, even though studies have shown quitting e-cigs may be easier than quitting tobacco.

So which tobacco flavor should you choose? As a fan of our Cinnamon flavor, I’ve thought about what tobacco flavor I’d switch to if (or even when) flavors are banned in our area and decided I’d most likely switch to Bora Bora. This also seemed to be the option for some of our fellow fans of Cinnamon. What might make this a little easier for affected customers is our selection of tobacco flavors. We have six different tobacco flavored options to choose from, including two pipe tobacco flavors, while other brands may end up with just one.

White Cloud Flavor Options for Vapers Affected by Flavor Bans

Now let’s take a look at White Cloud flavors and which of our tobacco flavors could make a good replacement for Michigan and New York vapers affected by the flavor ban.

White Cloud Tobacco Flavors White Cloud Flavors Affected by Bans
Regular Mint to Be, Zero K
Apache Espresso, Menthol
Atlantic Cut Muscat Blanc, What A Melon, Grand Ambrosia
Bora Bora Mango Tango, The Hive, The Orchard, orAngelic
Cavendish Vanilla, Copper Kettle, Whippin’ Good, Chocolate, Fraise Crème
Cherry Black Cin, Cina-MMM

As of now, White Cloud menthol varieties will still be available for New York vapers, including Menthol, Mint to Be, and Zero K.

Now, for those who prefer White Cloud’s flavored varieties, we know the suggested tobacco options won’t work as the best replacements for everyone. Some Cin users may migrate to Bora Bora instead of Cherry Black, and some Menthol, Mint to Be, and Zero K users may end up preferring Cherry Black or Cavendish. Luckily, we offer all flavors in single cartridges, so you can grab a few with your next order and decide for yourself which one will be the best replacement for your taste.

More Flavor Bans on the Way

If you aren’t a New York or Michigan resident but are wondering if your state or city will be the next to ban your favorite flavor, then here’s a list of other cities and states that have or are in the process of implementing a vaping flavor ban.
 

Arkansas Eyes Flavor Bans and Tax Increases

Officials in Arkansas have not officially moved forward with a proposed vape ban, but it may be next on the list as Arkansas Senate President Pro Tem Jim Hendren pushes the issue in an effort to gain support.

In the meantime, the state’s senate leader announced this week that the state plans to draft a bill to raise taxes on electronic cigarettes and ban them in places where smoking is prohibited.
 

California’s Vaping Bans

While California officials are pushing for a statewide emergency flavor ban and Governor Gavin Newsom is for the ban, he has stated he cannot take executive action to impose a ban as it requires legislative support, unlike Michigan and New York who are taking the power and running with it, despite those who oppose. This comes as a big surprise considering California has been at the forefront of implementing harsh regulations on vapor products; however, the state is still in the process of devising a plan that is similar to the Trump Administration’s plan. In the meantime, some California cities have been taking matters into their own hands.

In 2017, San Francisco became the first city to ban flavored tobacco products including flavored e-liquids and electronic cigarettes based on a unaminous vote by the city’s Board of Supervisors. An outraged vaping community was able to collect enough signatures to force a referendum vote on Proposition E, which was held and passed in June of 2018. On Friday, June 29, an even bigger ban was passed when Mayor London Breed signed an ordinance to ban vape sales within city limits, which would become effective 30 days from the signing and “operational” in January of 2020.

Voters will have yet another chance to vote on the matter in this year’s elections coming up in November with Proposition C. Voting in favor of Proposition C would partially overturn the city’s ban on vapor product sales and distribution within the city, authorizing the sale of electronic cigarettes and other vapor products.

The proposition would also require additional licensing and permits for businesses in the industry, including online sales, as well as implement additional age verification requirements and rules regarding the advertisement of vapor products.

Sacramento is yet another California city that has successfully passed a ban on flavored vapor products after the city council’s 7-1 vote in April of this year. The ordinance is expected to take effect in January 2020. Some confusing language comes along with the ban with City Code Enforcement Manager, Jose Mendez stating the ordinance will not require any of the city’s nearly 400 tobacco retailers to close; however, the city plans to close any shops that increase their inventory of flavored tobacco products, stop selling tobacco products for more than 60 days, or fail to renew their licenses. If the city closes shops for any of those reasons, the licenses will not be issued to new shops. Additionally, new tobacco retailers will be prohibited from opening within 1,000 feet of another shop.
 

Colorado’s Flavor Bans

Aspen became the first Colorado city to pass a ban on flavored vapor products in May of this year, with the effective date set for January 2020. The ban covers all flavored tobacco products as well, from traditional cigarettes, pipe tobacco, and cigars to chewing tobacco.

The city of Boulder finalized a plan to ban the sale of flavored vape products within city limits, along with raising the minimum purchasing age to 21. The city is also pursuing a hefty tax on the remaining legal (tobacco-flavored) vapor products at 40% and will be seeking voter approval on the November ballot while traditional tobacco cigarettes remain untouched. This presented a division in support as some council members believe that imposing a tax on the modern nicotine delivery systems would shift users back to traditional cigarettes. The effective date of the ban is still unclear.

Carbondale joined Aspen in the flavored vape ban bandwagon after being approved by the town’s board of trustees during a meeting in August. Two out of the nine speakers at the meeting opposed the ban with Denver-based representative Brian Fojtik stating the ban is an overreaction that will end up hurting the people using e-cigs to quit smoking instead of addressing how kids are getting their hands on these products. The ordinance will also raise the minimum age requirement for purchasing tobacco to 21. The ban’s implementation date is unclear, but will most likely take effect along with Aspen’s ban in January 2020.

Glenwood Springs is another Colorado city taking a step towards a flavored vape ban after an ordinance passed its first reading in late July. In addition to banning the sale of flavored vapor products, the ordinance will also raise the minimum age requirement for tobacco sales to 21.
 

Illinois Possible Flavor Bans

Chicago joined the growing list of vape bans across the country as we were putting together this article. The new “anti-vaping” initiatives were announced this past Monday, September 16. Senator Dick Durbin says the ban could take 30 days to take effect, so they’re looking at “other solutions”, including introducing an ordinance to ban flavored vape products at the next city council meeting.

Now, Illinois is looking to be next in line in banning both flavored tobacco products and electronic cigarette flavors statewide with House Bill 3887.
 

Washington D.C. Considers Joining the Flavor Ban Spree

According to a recent Tweet By Greg Conley, President of the American Vaping Association (AVA) and a New Jersey attorney, Washington D.C. is also looking into a flavor ban, along with other regulations. This comes on top of the city’s 96% wholesale tax on vapor products.

How Many More Flavor Bans Are on the Way?

It seems there is a new headline about a state or city planning to ban flavored vapor products every single day since the lung illness outbreak. As you can imagine, it’s getting a bit difficult to keep up with this list, but we will continue to add to it as the news unfolds to keep our customers up-to-date and ready to look at their options.

In the meantime, we’ll also be keeping an eye on the Trump Administration’s plans for flavored vapor products, which initially Trump was all for but is now backtracking. Even former FDA chief Scott Gottlieb has spoken out on Twitter, stating that the recent lung illness outbreak links to illegal products, not electronic cigarettes, while a Washington Post reporter spoke out in an article titled, “A vaping ban would be hysteria masquerading as prudence”.

Regardless, vaping bans are underway and we here at White Cloud will continue doing our best to keep our customers informed. In the meantime, we encourage you to follow Michael Siegel’s blog as he keeps up with all of the latest news and regulations surrounding electronic cigarettes and tells “The Rest of the Story”, along with CASAA’s Calls to Action page which posts about the latest vaping regulations and what vapers can do to make their voices heard.

As always, if you have any questions about White Cloud products or need more help choosing a tobacco flavor, our customer service team is always ready to help.

Vaping Lung Illnesses Linked to Black Market Vape Oil

Lung Illnesses Linked to Black Market and DIY Vape Oil

September 13, 2019

As you may already be aware thanks to the media’s flurry of headlines in these last few weeks, vaping is in the spotlight as the culprit for a lung illness that has been spreading across the U.S. With hundreds of cases, including six fatal, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) began urging the public to refrain from vaping, and now the Trump Administration is preparing a ban on all flavored electronic cigarettes. But are electronic cigarettes really the cause?

E-Cigs Caught up in Crosshairs of Recent Surge in Lung Illnesses

On September 11, 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a press release stating the agency’s intention to finalize a policy to prioritize enforcement of the premarket tobacco application (PMTA) process regulating flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol, and plans to implement regulations in the coming weeks. Although the FDA has not issued any specific guidelines, several high-ranking employees of the department have said the goal of any future regulations will be to eliminate flavored vaping liquids to combat youth vaping. Oddly enough, the press release doesn’t even mention the recent outbreak in lung illnesses and the suspected causes.

In late August of 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made an announcement that there were nearly 150 possible cases of severe lung illnesses linked to the use of vaping devices. The nearly 150 possible cases spanned 15 states and has continued to rise, with the estimate now around 380. Of course, opponents of vaping took this as a chance to attack the vaping industry and further efforts for harsh regulations, while shifting the focus back to the teen vaping “epidemic”.

Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor of community health at Boston University, has been covering all of the headlines as they unfold with his blog “The Rest of the Story”. The illness first emerged as a “mystery”, with Siegel stating, “It is very unlikely that this is being caused purely by nicotine-containing e-liquids,” and that the adverse health consequences are possibly caused by a “contaminant that is present in certain formulations of cannabis products.” The lung illness appears to be taking the form of lipoid pneumonia, a condition that occurs when fat particles enter the lungs.

What’s Really Behind the Recent Lung Illnesses?

The FDA’s decision to move forward with vaping industry regulations begs an important question: What is really behind the recent vaping illnesses?

A breakthrough in the investigation into the surge of lung illnesses supported Siegel’s theory with the discovery of a specific ingredient being used as a thickening agent in illicit THC vape cartridges.

Shortly before the FDA issued its press release, New York health officials declared the presence of Vitamin E in illicit THC cartridges used by 34 recently admitted patients to be the primary culprit in the development of lung illnesses. New York Health Commissioner, Howard Zucker, said Vitamin E acetate was detected in “nearly all cannabis-containing samples.” The Washington Post has also reported on stories linking the presence of Vitamin E acetate in marijuana vaping products used by lung illness patients. Fungicides have also been linked to the growing number of lung illness cases.

Should Nicotine e-Cigs be Avoided?

Does the admission of around 380 patients for the treatment of lung illnesses justify the CDC’s warning against e-cigarette use and the proposed ban on flavored nicotine e-liquids? Especially in a nation where millions of Americans use vaping products and smoking rates have hit an all-time low?

According to Siegel, “Most if not close to all traditional, nicotine-containing electronic cigarette liquids are not oil-based, but water and alcohol-based. They are nearly uniformly made up of some combination of propylene glycol, glycerin, water, nicotine, and flavorings. Thus, there is little risk of lipoid pneumonia associated with traditional e-cigarettes.”

Siegel believes the CDC is being irresponsible with unclear, vague warnings about vaping without a specific warning against using marijuana vape cartridges and also believes the proposed ban of flavored nicotine-containing e-liquids will substantially boost cigarette sales. He states that the ban “obviously makes no sense at all” and that “the logic is basically: Product X is causing a severe disease outbreak. Product Y is not. So we are going to immediately ban Product Y.” He fully believes the ban will “drive masses of ex-smokers from vaping back to smoking.”

This could indeed be the case as investors are being alerted that the ban would substantially boost the sale of cigarettes. The ban could also lead to more vapers attempting to create their own e-liquids, resulting in an even bigger black market, which then poses an even greater risk of lung infection and diseases as not all e-cig users are thoroughly educated on how e-cigarettes work or the ingredients used to create e-liquids.

Lung disease is scary there’s no doubt about that, and as a vaper you may be wondering if you should discontinue all e-cig use. If you’re unfamiliar with how e-cigs work, then the answer begins with educating yourself about vaping and electronic cigarettes.

What are Electronic Cigarettes?

Also referred to as electronic nicotine delivery systems, electronic cigarettes represent devices operated by a battery that heats liquids to produce an inhalable vapor which may contain a percentage of nicotine. The devices come in several different shapes and sizes, from cig-a-likes that resemble traditional cigarettes to larger “mod” devices. Such devices have been used as an alternative to smoking, and have been recognized as generally safer than tobacco cigarettes – even by the American Cancer Society.

With more than 460 different e-cig brands competing in the American marketplace, the vaping industry has become a viable option for consumers who want to turn away from using tobacco products.

How Do E-Cigs Work?

Vaping 101 should include an explanation of how electronic cigarettes work. Most electronic cigarettes contain four essential parts, with the cartridge being the device that acts as the storage container for vaping liquids. The heating elements initiates the vaping process, while the power source keeps the electronic cigarette fully operational. As the 4th component of an e-cig, the mouthpiece allows the user to inhale a vaping liquid.

What’s in E-Liquids?

There is no mystery surrounding what goes into e-liquids manufactured by reputable companies. Nicotine e-liquids usually contain only a handful of ingredients, unlike the hundreds of chemicals (many known to be harmful) added to traditional cigarettes. The ingredients used to make e-liquids usually include:

  • 84.6% – 92% Propylene Glycol and Glycerol
  • 88% – 10% Flavorings
  • 80% – 5.4% Nicotine

Here at White Cloud, we’ve always been transparent with our e-liquid ingredients and have always made it a priority to avoid potentially harmful ingredients, like diacetyl which was in the spotlight as a potential cause for another lung illness back in 2015. Our customer service team even provides printouts for our customers to take to their doctors when concerned about how their bodies will react to the ingredients.

Are E-Cigs Harmful?

The future of electronic cigarettes hinges mostly on determining whether e-cigs are harmful, with the majority of legitimate studies over the last decade point towards e-cigs as a at least 95% safer than tobacco.

Some of these studies have shown a reversal of lung damage caused by smoking tobacco products after switching to e-cigarettes, while others found that replacing tobacco with e-cigs had the potential to improve cardiovascular health. Other studies have shown that exhaled e-cig vapor poses no dangers to bystanders, as cigarettes do with both second- and third-hand smoke.

Despite studies showing potential health benefits of vaping, media headlines still border on causing a panic with headlines like “E-cigarettes are no safer than smoking tobacco, scientists warn” with an even greater focus on teen vaping. Sensational headlines have in turn led to harsher regulations on vapor products than traditional cigarettes, like the recent vape ban in San Francisco and the new proposed national ban on flavored vapor products, which bans the sale and distribution of vapor products within city limits while traditional cigarettes remain on shelves.

Allergies and Sensitivities to E-Cigs

Another health concern attributed to the use of electronic cigarettes involves allergies and other sensitivities triggered by certain ingredients in e-liquids. Although the possibility exists for a user to experience an allergic reaction to an electronic cigarette, there has not been a conclusive study declaring an outbreak of allergic reactions experienced by users of the product. Around 10% of people are slightly sensitive to propylene glycol, which can induce minor sore throat symptoms.

Vaping Safely is More Important Than Ever

Electronic cigarettes have been a mainstream product for more than 10 years and during that time, there has not been a major outbreak of illnesses and deaths directly linked to vaping nicotine e-liquids. While experimenting can be fun, your best bet for continuing to vape safely is to avoid black market and DIY e-liquids, especially those containing THC, and to only purchase from legit, reputable companies.

Here at White Cloud, our customer service team is always ready to answer any questions you have about vaping. If you’re already a White Cloud customer in fear of losing access to your favorite e-cig flavor, then we urge you to reach out to your elected officials to explain how the ban could negatively impact you or your friends and family members and to keep up with calls-to-action from vaping organizations like CASAA, which is currently running a campaign to light up the White House switchboard.

San Francisco's Vape Sale Ban

San Francisco Makes Headlines With Another Vape Ban

September 10, 2019

San Francisco made headlines last year with the implementation of a ban on flavored tobacco and vapor products, and now they’re back in the spotlight with an even bigger ban. That’s right – San Francisco has effectively banned the sale and distribution of electronic cigarettes and vapor products within city limits.

All About San Francisco’s Vape Sale Ban

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San Francisco’s new vape ban piggybacks on initiatives to combat youth vaping. In addition to banning the sale and distribution of vapor products within city limits, the new ban will also prohibit online sales and delivery to San Francisco’s residents, forcing both vapor companies and of-age vapers to go elsewhere. The ban also does not include combustible cigarettes, which leads to the question of whether or not San Francisco vapers will travel outside of the city to continue purchasing vapor products, or simply go back to smoking, The latter would be like taking a step backwards considering the steady decline and record lows in smoking rates since vapor products entered the market back in 2007, which leads to the next question: Is this really the right move?

Is San Francisco’s Vape Ban Justified?

”Is

San Francisco city officials have been playing dirty with their initiatives to ban vaping products and threaten the location of Pier 70, which is home to a major vapor company controlling three quarters of the market. In a joint effort with Chicago and New York in March of this year, City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent a letter to the FDA to raise complaints about vaping products being allowed to stay on shelves without an FDA-approved premarket tobacco application (PMTA) and demand the process be expedited.

The PMTA process is included in the provisions of the FDA’s deeming regulations of vapor products, which originally stated that vapor products may remain on shelves for two years after the implantation of the regulations in August of 2016 and for an additional year after submitting a PMTA (while also being able to remain on the market until a decision is made).

In 2017, the PMTA deadline was extended to August 8, 2022 for non-combustible tobacco products when the agency announced a new comprehensive plan for regulating tobacco and nicotine products with a goal to ensure the agency has a solid foundation for effectively and efficiently implementing the Tobacco Control Act of 2009.

This year, the deadline was changed yet again when at least a handful of health organizations filed a lawsuit against the FDA to force an earlier PMTA deadline. On May 15, a judge ruled in favor of the health organizations, except for the request to move the deadline to just four months after the judge’s ruling and instead setting the deadline to within 10 months of the ruling. This gives vapor companies until May of next year to submit their PMTA applications or be forced to remove their products from the market, although there is yet another lawsuit against the FDA underway.

The Battle Over FDA’s PMTA Deadline Continues

The new lawsuit initiated by the Vapor Technology Association (VTA) is yet another effort from vaping organizations to save the more than 160,000 jobs at the small and medium-sized vapor companies across the country, with a violation of the Administrative Procedure Act at its core. This act requires the agency to provide advance notice with an opportunity for public comment.

In the meantime, the City of San Francisco states that vapor products with PMTA approval will not be included in the ban. But, as the city knew at the time of the ban’s passing, not a single independent vapor company had submitted a premarket tobacco application (PMTA) because of the uncertainty of the FDA’s deeming regulations and changing deadlines, not to mention the exponential costs associated with the application of which, in the end, may not even be approved. It wasn’t until the court’s ruling in favor of changing the PMTA deadline to May of next year that an independent vapor company bit the bullet and expedited its original application to become one of the first to submit a PMTA ahead of the May 2020 deadline.

So, is San Francisco’s vape ban a dirty move? People who support the ban would say it’s not; however, those who oppose the ban would say it’s not only dirty but unjustified. Additionally, the city is demanding that the FDA provide them with documents and expedite its premarket review policies on vaping products within their city; therefore, giving power to the City of San Francisco to make its own determination about the safety of vaping and e-cigarette products.

How Will the Ban Impact San Francisco Residents?

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According to the legislation, the ordinance will become effective 30 days after the enactment and will become operative six months after the effective date. The ordinance was signed by Mayor London Breed on Friday, June 29, putting the effective date around July 28 and the operational date in January 2020.

Not only will the ban prohibit sales within city limits, but also applies to online sales as it prohibits the shipment of vapor products to San Francisco residents and businesses. This provision of the ban would be almost impossible to regulate and enforce; however, most legitimate vendors would simply refuse to ship their products to San Francisco residents to avoid any fines and legal problems. Residents will instead be forced to travel outside of San Francisco to purchase their vaping products.

Additionally, if the City of San Francisco has its way, vaping in public places will also be prohibited, which means residents will only be able to vape at their residence. Meanwhile, people across the street from City Hall can be seen smoking traditional cigarettes…

Opponents of the band say San Francisco’s vape ban “isn’t just bad policy, it’s bad for public health by focusing on what years of research has shown to be the lesser of two evils. The minimum smoking age in California has raised from 18 to 21 in 2016, while teen smoking has been steadily declining since 2011. but those statistics seem to go unnoticed when it comes to policies surrounding vaping.

San Francisco city officials are so focused on curbing teen vaping, they’re forgetting about the original fight – to protect the public health of all ages in their city. By cutting off access to what has been recognized as a generally safer alternative, even by the American Lung Association, the city is putting their residents at risk of going back to smoking, while also putting the people who own, operate, and/or work at the nearly 800 business selling vapor products out of a job. As a result, the San Francisco’s own economy might go up in smoke.

Beverly Hills Bans Tobacco

Beverly Hills, No More Tobacco

August 7, 2019

For most people, the City of Beverly Hills conjures images of celebrities, Rodeo Drive shopping, and all things luxury – not groundbreaking legislation. However, this year marks the second time the city has become the first to enact strict regulations for tobacco products.

Beverly Hills Makes Headlines Again With Tobacco Ban

In June, the Beverly Hills City Council voted on legislation that essentially creates a tobacco ban for their municipality. The unanimous decision by the Council, expected to take effect in 2021, will remove tobacco products from the shelves of pharmacies, convenience stores, grocery stores, and gas stations.

Naturally, there are certain spaces that are exempt from the ban. Hotels may continue to sell tobacco products, but they will be provided only via concierge or room service. Cigar lounges will also retain their right to supply tobacco products to their posh clientele after Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plea to spare his favorite club. This radical ban is regarded as the strictest in the country.

Historically, Beverly Hills has been at the forefront of tobacco legislation, taking the reins of the small government anti-tobacco movement. In 1987, the City Council, during what they deemed a public health crisis, enacted the United States’ first smoking ban in a public place starting with restaurants, which then paved the way for numerous other municipalities to quickly follow suit and allow the law to expand into most public spaces.

Unsurprisingly, that 1987 decision also provided concessions for the Beverly Hills hotel industry, exempting hotel restaurants, bars and banquet halls from that landmark smoking ban. Smokers are now hard pressed to find a restaurant that allows tobacco or nicotine use indoors. It is expected that this tobacco ban will be the new wave of legislation tackled by local governments across America, once again making Beverly Hills a trendsetter for local government action.

Side Effects of a Tobacco Ban

Proponents of the ban are ecstatic over the decision, anxious to be free of second hand smoke. However, the results of the vote have sparked speculation over whether or not the tobacco ban will actually reduce the overall amount of tobacco or nicotine products being purchased or consumed.

Many critics of the ban believe smokers or nicotine users will only be mildly inconvenienced by the ban due to the relatively small size of the Beverly Hills city limits and will take their money to West Hollywood to purchase the same products. These same critics are also concerned for the local small business owners who rely on tobacco and nicotine sales to keep their convenience stores and gas stations profitable. Without those profits, this ban may eventually lead to layoffs down the line.

Further, critics question the prohibition of sales of products meant to aid in the cessation of smoking. The banned tobacco products include cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are generally considered as a healthier alternative to tobacco use, and U.S. smoking rates hit a record low with the rise in vaping. Even the American Cancer Society has reversed its stance on vaping, stating that not all smokers will turn to FDA approved cessation medications and that “these individuals should be encouraged to switch to the least harmful form of tobacco product possible.” As cities begin to ban tobacco and nicotine products, people looking to quit the habit will have a tougher time locating sources to aid in their quest to lead a smoke-free life.

Further Local Government Legislation

Since the Beverly Hills City Council vote, several other cities have placed a similar tobacco ban or nicotine product ban on their agendas. Large cities with dense populations, like San Francisco, have piggy-backed onto the trail forged by Beverly Hills and are taking their bans even further.

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance that completely prohibits the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes until those products are fully approved by the FDA. The complete prohibition of sales and distribution of e-cigarettes sends a mixed message to consumers, misleading them into believing that, due to their prohibition, e-cigarettes are a greater risk to society than actual tobacco use.

Two more California cities are not too far behind San Francisco in efforts to ban vapor products. As more cities take bolder stances supporting tobacco bans, it will be up to the consumer to ensure their voting power not only is wielded at the federal level, but equally at the state, county and city levels to ensure their views are well represented.

Which Baseball Stadiums Allow Electronic Cigarettes?

Which Baseball Stadiums Allow Electronic Cigarettes?

May 14, 2019

Updated for 2019

A day at the ballpark is as American as apple pie or the 4th of July. With the MLB season just around the corner, the White Cloud team got to work compiling information from all 30 of the league’s stadiums on their electronic cigarette and tobacco policies. Years ago, it wasn’t uncommon to see cigars and cigarettes being smoked right in the grandstands, but with more and more major cities passing laws regarding indoor smoking, e-cigarette users are being pushed into designated smoking sections with cigarette smokers.

In 2016, the MLB began pushing to rid smokeless tobacco from the game, going so far as including a section in the Collective Bargaining Agreement that bans any rookies from using smokeless tobacco. Many MLB stadiums have implemented this rule as well, enforcing a strict no-tobacco policy stadium wide.

Check out the infographic below to see where stadiums still allow vapers to grab a few puffs between innings, and which stadiums do not.

Vaping/Smoking in MLB Ballparks

Vaping/Smoking Policies of Major League Baseball Stadiums


Use these quick links below to scroll down to your desired team’s stadium.


Arizona Diamondbacks

Chase Field

Website: https://azchasefield.com/
Phone: (480) 339-5000

Chase Field is a designated non-smoking facility. The stadium does allow fans to vape or smoke in marked areas located outside the stadium, at Gate A, Gate J, and Gate K. Electronic Cigarette use are not permitted in the seating areas, general concourse, suites, or restrooms. Be sure to bring your ticket stub and ask for a “reentry card” before heading outside to one of the designated areas.

Atlanta Braves

SunTrust Park

Website: https://www.mlb.com/braves/ballpark
Phone: (404) 577-9100

SunTrust Park is a tobacco-free facility, which includes e-cigarettes. Tobacco use is permitted in a designated smoking section located outside of the 3rd Base gate. ALL tobacco use is prohibited in the seating areas, concourses, suites, and restrooms.

Baltimore Orioles

Camden Yards

Website: https://www.mlb.com/orioles/ballpark
Phone: (410) 685-9800

Camden Yards is a completely smoke-free facility, including the use of electronic cigarettes. The stadium policy includes “any device that mimics the act of smoking.” Guests may only vape/smoke outside of the stadium, and reentry is prohibited.

Boston Red Sox

Fenway Park

Website: https://www.mlb.com/redsox/ballpark
Phone: (877) 733-7699

Smoking is not permitted inside of Fenway Park. Guests may smoke outside of the stadium, but reentry is prohibited.

Chicago Cubs

Wrigley Field

Website: http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/chc/ballpark/
Phone: (773) 404-2827

Smoking, and tobacco use, is strictly prohibited at Wrigley Field. This includes traditional cigarettes, electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. Smoking areas are located outside of each entrance. Guests must have their ticket signed or stamped to exit and reenter the park, and must do so within 10 minutes of exiting.

Chicago White Sox

Guaranteed Rate Field

Website: https://www.mlb.com/whitesox/ballpark
Phone: (312) 674-1000

Chicago City ordinance mandates that no smoking or tobacco-use is permitted inside of Guaranteed Rate Field. This includes the use of electronic cigarettes. Guests may use designated smoking areas located outside of Gate 2 and Gate 5, and will be permitted to reenter the stadium.

Cincinnati Reds

Great American Ball Park

Website: https://www.mlb.com/reds/ballpark
Phone: (513) 765-7000

Under Ohio law, Great American Ball Park is a completely smoke-free facility. These restrictions also include smokeless tobacco and vapor devices. Guests at Great American Ball Park can use the designated smoking area outside of Gate B, and may reenter the stadium ONLY through that gate. Guests who exit the stadium from any other gate will be refused reentry.

Cleveland Indians

Progressive Field

Website: https://www.mlb.com/indians/ballpark
Phone: (216) 420-4487

In accordance with Ohio state law, Progressive Field is a completely tobacco-free facility. The stadium’s policy goes to great detail to include electronic cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vapor cigarettes, and any other devices that mimic the act of smoking. Guests at Progressive Field may use Gate A to exit and reenter the stadium to use their tobacco products outside of the facilities.

Colorado Rockies

Coors Field

Website: http://colorado.rockies.mlb.com/col/ballpark/
Phone: (303) 292-0200

Coors Field prohibits smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes, unless in a designated smoking area within the stadium. Marijuana consumption in any form is also prohibited throughout the enter stadium. Coors Field offers it’s guests a variety of smoking sections:
Smoking is permitted in the following areas only:

Outside Coors Field – Guests may exit and reenter at any exit with a reentry stamp and ticket stub.

Wells Fargo Club – Outdoor terraces behind section 214 and section 247.

Suite Level – Wells Fargo Club terraces, outdoor area across from Suite 56.

Upper Concourse – Behind sections 316, 325 and 347, as well as behind the Clocktower.

Mezzanine – Behind sections 204 and 205.

Rockpile – On elevated platform near the scoreboard.

Detroit Tigers

Comerica Park

Website: https://www.mlb.com/tigers/ballpark/
Phone: (313) 962-4000

Comerica Park is a smoke-free stadium, but does allow reentry to guests who use the designated smoking area located outside of section 140. Comerica Park also features a Cigar Bar, where customers can enjoy cigars inside, but no outside tobacco is permitted for use.

Houston Astros

Minute Maid Park

Website: http://houston.astros.mlb.com/hou/ballpark/
Phone: (713) 259-8000

Minute Maid Park offers a few designated smoking areas to it’s guests seated in the Club, Suite, and Upper Concourse levels. Fans seated in the main level may exit and reenter the stadium to smoke through the Right Field gate. Smoking, and electronic cigarette use, are strictly prohibited in the concourses, seating areas, and stairwells.

Kansas City Royals

Kauffman Stadium

Website: https://www.mlb.com/royals/ballpark
Phone: (816) 921-8000

Both analog smoking and electronic cigarettes are not permitted anywhere inside the structure of Kauffman Stadium. There are smoking areas along the perimeter fence at Gates B, D, A, and E, and on the View Level near section 420. E-cigs are not permitted in the seating bowl, concourse, bathrooms, or stairwells.

Los Angeles Angels

Angel Stadium

Website: http://losangeles.angels.mlb.com/ana/ballpark/
Phone: (714) 940-2000

Smoking and electronic cigarette use are not permitted in the seating areas or concourse at Angels Stadium. There are designated areas within the stadium where vaping and smoking are permitted, including the ramps and the Plaza Courtyard.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodger Stadium

Website: http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/la/ballpark/
Phone: (866) DOD-GERS

Electronic cigarette use is expressly prohibited while inside of Dodger Stadium. E-cigs fall under all of the same restrictions as cigarette smoking. Fans are asked to speak with a Dodger Stadium representative for directions to the nearest designated smoking area.

Miami Marlins

Marlins Park

Website: https://www.mlb.com/marlins/ballpark
Phone: (305) 480-1300

Marlins Park prohibits smoking and vaping while inside of the stadium. There are no designated areas within Marlins Park for smoking/vaping, and re-entry is prohibited for this purpose.

Milwaukee Brewers

Miller Park

Website: https://www.mlb.com/brewers/ballpark/
Phone: (414) 902-4400

Except in designated areas, use of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, is not permitted for use inside of Miller Park. Designed smoking areas can be found at outdoor plazas on the Field Level, in the area behind section 106, and at the Friday’s Front Row outdoor patio.

Minnesota Twins

Target Field

Website: https://www.mlb.com/twins/ballpark
Phone: (612) 659-3400

The entirety of Target Field, including the public areas behind and adjacent to the stadium, is completely smoke-free. Electronic cigarettes are also prohibited, and there is no re-entry permitted.

New York Mets

Citi Field

Website: http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/nym/ballpark/
Phone: (718) 507-8499

Smoking and electronic cigarette use is prohibited in the seating areas, bathrooms, and concourses in Citi Field. The stadium has 3 designated smoking sections within the stadium:

Plaza Level – Left Field Gate

Field Level – Center field staircase landing across from the back of the CitiVision video board

Promenade Level – Top of the ramp across from section 527

New York Yankees

Yankee Stadium

Website: https://www.mlb.com/yankees/ballpark
Phone: (718) 293-4300

There are no designated smoking sections within Yankee Stadium, and all smoking, including electronic cigarettes, is prohibited. Violators may face ejection, citation, and possible revocation of future ticket privileges.

Oakland Athletics

Oakland Coliseum

Website: https://www.mlb.com/athletics/ballpark
Phone: (510) 569-2121

Due to City of Oakland ordinance, the Oakland Coliseum is a completely tobacco-free stadium, including e-cigarettes. There are no designated smoking sections anywhere in the stadium, and re-entry is prohibited.

Philadelphia Phillies

Citizens Bank Park

Website: https://www.mlb.com/phillies/ballpark
Phone: (215) 463-1000

Smoking, along with electronic cigarette use, is not allowed anywhere inside of Citizens Bank Park.

Pittsburgh Pirates

PNC Park

Website: http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/pit/ballpark/
Phone: (412) 321-BUCS

PNC Park’s fan conduct policy includes prohibiting the use of any tobacco products, and specifically names e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. There are no smoking sections within the stadium, and PNC Park does not allow re-entry.

St. Louis Cardinals

Busch Stadium

Website: http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/stl/ballpark/
Phone: (314) 345-9600

While electronic cigarette use is prohibited within Busch Stadium, fans do not need to exit and reenter the stadium to reach a designated smoking area. At Gate 4, fans can freely pass back and forth to a fenced-in area of Clark Ave, where e-cigarette use is permitted.

San Diego Padres

Petco Park

Website: http://petcoparkevents.com/
Phone: (619) 795-5555

Petco Park is a completely smoke-free facility. Fans who would like to use their electronic cigarettes must exit the stadium and utilize designated areas outside of the ballpark. Re-entry is permitted by receiving a re-entry stamp from gate personnel before exiting.

San Francisco Giants

AT&T Park

Website: http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/sf/ballpark/
Phone: (415) 972-2000

Electronic cigarette use is not permitted in AT&T Park. There are no designated smoking/vaping areas, and there is no re-entry permitted for fans who exit the park to smoke or vape.

Seattle Mariners

Safeco Field

Website: https://www.mlb.com/mariners/ballpark/
Phone: (206) 346-4000

Safeco Field is a no-smoking facility as per Washington State’s Clean Air Act. This law extends to electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco as well. There are no smoking sections inside of Safeco Field, and guests who would like to vape or smoke must exit the stadium at the Home Plate, Right Field, Left Field, or Center Field Gates. Reentry is permitted by having a valid ticket scanned before leaving the stadium.

Tampa Bay Rays

Tropicana Field

Website: https://www.mlb.com/rays/ballpark/
Phone: (727) 825-3137

Tropicana Field is a smoke-free indoor facility, which includes prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes. Fans are able to vape/smoke in designated smoking sections found outside of Gates 2, 5, 6, and 7, or on the exterior ramps at Gates 2, 5, and 6.

Texas Rangers

Globe Life Park

Website: https://www.mlb.com/rangers/ballpark/
Phone: (817) 273-5222

Smoking (including electronic cigarettes) is not permitted in the seating areas at Globe Life Park. Guests may utilize any of the 10 smoking sections found throughout Globe Life Park:

Main Concourse, along the outer wall behind the striping
Upper Concourse, along the outer wall behind the striping
Behind section 208
Behind section 243
Behind section 304-306
Behind section 210
Behind section 314-318
Behind section 330-334
Behind section 341-342
Behind section 343-345

Toronto Blue Jays

Rogers Center

Website: https://www.mlb.com/bluejays/ballpark
Phone: (416) 460-4234

Rogers Centre has been a smoke-free facility since 2006. Vaping and smoking are not permitted anywhere in the stadium, and re-entry is not permitted.

Washington Nationals

Nationals Park

Website: https://www.mlb.com/nationals/ballpark
Phone: (202) 675-6287

Nationals Park is a tobacco-free facility as per District of Columbia law. There are no exceptions for electronic cigarettes or smokeless tobacco. Guests may use the designated smoking section at the First Base Gate, but will be required to exit and re-enter the park.

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Sources:
MLB.com
Petco Park Events
Chase Field, Home of the Diamondbacks