Kinda makes me think it may not have been an ecig actually. There's no smoke, no smell, only vapor really when you exhale. The cop would honestly have to be an idiot to mistake an ecig for a proper cigarette, especially after getting close enough to him to chat with him about it. So seems he's trying to pull a bit of a dodge.
Back in my day, ABC played Alice Cooper on the kids cartoons and our cartoons could talk. Being a kid sucks now.
If someone managed to cop a fine for smoking an "ecig" in a non-smoking area, that I absolutely, wholeheartedly support that fine.
Non-smoking areas, I believe, aren't just about removing the health risks of the other people in the area, it is also about setting a standard. That smoking is not okay, seeing people smoke, whether real cigarettes or an "ecig", is still giving out the impression to children and young people that smoking is a socially acceptable act.
With so much emphasis on making smoking no longer a "popular" and "cool" thing to do and that it ISN'T socially acceptable, then no, I do not believe, that even "ecigs" should be allowed in non-smoking areas. It defeats what I see to be one of the core things in stamping out smoking - it's social association. Therefore, I fully support this fine and would love for it to be 'the norm' for ALL forms of cigarettes.
Yes, lets punish people who are actually trying to quite smoking, who are trying to to become a health statistic. Really good move, lets punish those trying to live a better life. I don't care if he was smoking his ecig on the moon. He should not have been fined for it. It is not a real cigarette and he is obviously quitting.
Again, I'm sure the cop would notice if you butted it out or just put it in his pocket IYKWIM?
If it was a real ecig good on him for trying to quit.
I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food...
Non-smoking areas, like I said in my OP, are not only there for the health of other people, but for setting a standard, that it is not acceptable, socially, to smoke in this area. To me, that naturally, should extend to "ecigs" as well. It doesn't matter what you are smoking, if you are doing it in a non-smoking area, then I believe a fine is acceptable.
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