Following the state-wide smoking ban put into place earlier this year by Indiana State Governor Mitch Daniels; Indianapolis introduced its own smoking ban, which was extended to all bars and bowling alleys on the 19th of April, 2012.
Indianapolis found itself at the center of debate after the city proposed to pass a more stringent version of the state-wide ban, by including electronic cigarettes in the list of items people can’t use in most public places. But this did not sit well with e-cigarette enthusiasts, many of whom voiced their opinions against the inclusion of the devices in the ban. Known as “Vapers”, these people from in and around Indianapolis came together to appear in front of the committee and tell their stories of how e-cigarettes had helped them. In addition to this, the group sent letters to the editor of the Indianapolis Star newspaper, wrote to multiple representatives and even spoke with Councilmen/women via phone. The Indianapolis Star interviewed and put up a video of Duane Green expressing his views on the ban.
Despite their tremendous efforts, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard ended up signing the bill which included electronic cigarettes in their ban. Supporting the decision to include e-cigarettes City-County Councilman John Barth said, “Electronic cigarettes are a new technology and there are a lot of unknowns, so I think we need to err on the side of caution and err on the side of public safety”.
While this comes as a blow to the vaping community, it’s a testament to the dedication of the residents of Indiana and the electronic cigarette community as a whole. With such a vocal and growing group, it’s becoming increasingly unlikely that more of these arbitrary laws will be passed in the future.
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