No smokers allowed: non-profit Options for Homes has developed the latest condo complex in Canada to allow only non-smokers and vapers. With the up and coming legislation change that legalises cannabis in Canada, nicotine products and cannabinoid products will only be available in the complex if being administered through a vape and not through smoking.
This initiative is in an attempt to improve overall living conditions – regardless of whether you’re a smoker yourself, chances are you’ve smelled your neighbours lighting up or seen their cigarette butts and rubbish lying around. Less smoke means less air pollution and a healthier environment for anyone living in the complex.
Aside from that, balcony fires are a thing – and no one wants a bonfire anywhere other than in an open space. Communal areas like elevators, stairwells, lobbies and the like will remain vape-free, so residents are only able to fill their own spaces with clouds.
South of the Canadian border in the States, one sheriff’s office is requesting vapes for inmates. This idea isn’t new and has been proving effective across America since 2014. Benton County is a smoke-free facility so current smokers currently have to quit cold-turkey when they arrive at the compound. The commissary would like to be able to sell e-cigarettes – the motivations are twofold; the funds made would help support and maintain the facilities but would also help negate negative behaviour as not only would the transition from smoking to non-smoking be easier for new arrivals but it also provides a negotiating opportunity to discourage unwanted behaviour.
The motion has yet to be passed as initial voting was left in a stalemate with some voting parties raising issue with the idea of vapes in a smoke-free facility, while others were concerned about the possibility of the devices being weaponised. However, Chief Deputy Meyer Gilbert commented that the e-cigarettes can’t be converted into a weapon given the nature of the battery and he argues the resources they currently have access to pose more of a threat.
“There’s no danger from them,” he said. “The little thumb size pencils we give the inmates are more dangerous.”
The proposal will be raised again when the other justices of the peace are available and able to vote at the next board meeting.
More from the US, the Juul is becoming such a “thing” in high schoolers and teenagers that #doit4juul has become a trend on social media with Generation Z. There’s concern over underage users getting hold of the pocket-sized vapes, despite it being illegal to sell vaping equipment to under-21s in the States. It’s been found to be the most prevalent in the more affluent areas where, incidentally, smoking levels have dropped the most.
One high school student commented how appropriated Juuls are for her own age and generation:
“I’m always surprised when I see an adult with a Juul It’s sort of like seeing my grandma with an Alexa.”
Concern has been raised again over the safety of vape batteries following a vape pen explosion which killed a man in Florida. This is is believed to be the first death due to a vape in the United States. There are currently nearly 45 million vapers globally with an estimated 55 million by 2021. The manufacturer of the vape commented the battery was the most likely issue as it has been modified, his vape pen was a mechanical mod, which gives the user more direct access to the battery power and when it isn’t regulated, can overheat.
Despite concern, Public Health England is still in support of e-cigarette use as a cessation tool for current smokers. They commented that whilst there are risks with any lithium-ion battery that “Incidents are very rare, the cause is uncertain but appears to be related to malfunctioning lithium-ion batteries.” and even with some hazards associated, e-cigarettes still remain far safer than cigarettes as far as fire safety and burn risk.