The U.S. National Park Service recently announced that it would treat ecigs in national parks the same way it treats traditional tobacco cigarettes — by banning them from being used in all 408 US national parks. This new memorandum is effective immediately and comes in anticipation of federal government regulation. This new rule also applies to ecigs being used in parked cars and indoor sites located in all national parks.
The vapor industry as a whole has been diligently working to educate law makers and citizens about the differences between ecigs and traditional tobacco cigarettes; a joint effort meant to discourage local, state and national institutions from lumping them together under the same kind of rulings. ECigs and vape pens are helping the public by offering an alternative to combustible tobacco and lawmakers’ refusal to acknowledge the potential benefits impacts everyone negatively.
This news is disappointing to our team at the V2 headquarters because it is doing exactly what we are working to prevent. Our innovative, electronic vapor devices are non-combustible and produce no smoke, but by simply reading new rulings like this one and similar headlines, the average person unfamiliar with ecigs would never know that. Electronic cigarettes and vapor pens are electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) that use electricity to heat up a mix of food flavoring and nicotine to produce an odor-less vapor. These innovative devices produced by V2, V2 Pro and other brands enable adults to consume nicotine without ingesting the thousands of known chemicals and found in tobacco cigarettes. It makes sense to ban tobacco cigarettes from national parks because they could lead to a serious fire, endangering beautiful wildlife. We heard a great quote from a representative from the Smoke Free Alternative Trade Association (SFATA) who said “vapor products offer the same fire risk as a cellphone battery, so if they are going to ban ecigs, they might as well ban all electronic devices.” We agree with SFATA and hope vaper enthusiasts and non-vapers alike understand these key points about ecigs devices when talking to friends and family members about the subject.
In the meantime, although we do not agree with this rule as it clearly doesn’t make sense when you look at the facts about ecigs, we encourage all V2 and V2 Pro customers to follow all rules and laws when it comes to vaping. We’d love to hear your thought about this ruling, so feel free to share them with us in the comment section below. Also, make sure to share this blog post with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter!