Jul 28

Best US Cities for Vaping in Public

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Which Cities Permit Vaping in Public?

If you’re thinking of moving to another state, or just planning a vacation to a vape friendly city and you’re wondering if you can find a park, bar or restaurant that welcomes vapers, look no further. Of course regulations can change quicker than you can change an ecig cartridge, so check the state’s Advocacy Alerts before you back your bags.

Most Vape-Friendly US Cities

Denver, COThe mile high city permits vaping just about anywhere except on government property. The good news is that restaurants and shop owners can decide for themselves whether to allow vaping within their establishments…and most do.

With vaping on the rise, vape shops are growing in numbers in Denver. There are over 100 to date. The number restaurants, bars and vape lounges that welcome vapers are also growing and attracting crowds of locals as well as tourists.

Seattle WA – One of America’s top 10 green cities, Seattle is not only eco friendly, it’s vaper friendly. This is true, despite the fact that the county (King County) now prohibits vaping in establishments that ban smoking.

With 17 bars that permit vaping, 21 restaurants that that allow the use of e-cigarettes and more than 50 vape shops, Seattle is a great destination for those who support a vape-free society. You can even vape on the street or in any of the many beautiful parks without fear of getting a ticket from the police .

Note: It’s ironic that one of the largest, (and best) e-vapor companies, Mt. Baker Vapor decided to move it’s entire headquarters out of Washington State to vape-friendly Arizona. Why? Anti-ecig legislation looms on the horizon in Washington. Will it destroy vape-friendly Seattle? We certainly hope the many vaping advocacy groups in Seattle prevent it. 

Virginia Beach, VA

Virginia is home to tobacco giant Altria which may be why the entire state has absolutely no bans on vaping.  The lively tourist town of Virginia Beach is a charming vacation venue that’s very vape friendly. There are more than 15 bars and restaurants that permit e-cigarettes and a concert venue where you can puff away on your personal vaporizer. Virginia Beach sure beats those other seaside resorts than ban you from choosing a butt-less product.

Las Vegas, NV

The city that welcomes both sinners and family vacationers also welcomes vapers. The aroma within the smoke filled casinos (where cigarette smoking is still permitted) is getting sweeter as vaping moves into the mainstream. That’s not to say that the guy sitting next to you at the black jack table will enjoy your huge cloud of peanut butter banana flavored vapor.

Vegas has since banned smoking in restaurants and in bars that serve food; however, you can vape while waiting for your flight home at McCarron International Airport.

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Austin, TX

Austin is known as the “clean-air city” as it has a stringent no-smoking ordinance. So far, that ordinance does not prevent vapers from smoking their e-cigarettes in many of the city’s coffee shops, clubs and bars.

City residents, known as “Austinites” are for the most part, a liberal crowd, proud of their musicians, live music venues and local eccentrics.

People watching in Austin is part of the fun and it’s not unusual to see extreme tattoos, body piercings and other avant guard flauntings including massive e-cig vapor clouds. No doubt, it’s why they adapted the slogan,“Keep Austin Weird”.

Tuscon, Arizona

Tuscon is a very vape friendly town that welcomes vapers as well as vaping companies. There are over 160 vaping shops and lounges and the number is growing. Arizona does have a statewide smoking ban, but it does not apply to portable vaporizers.

Other Reports of Vape Friendly States

There are 25 states (to date) that may be considered “vape friendly” due to legislation that indicates zero or only a few municipalities that have included vaping in their smoking bans. Most of the states listed have banned the sale of portable vaporizers and related products to persons under 18.

ArkansasThere has been no legislation to date restricting the use of e-cigarettes and/or vaporizers.

ConnecticutNo laws have been passed restricting the use of ecigarettes and/or vaporizers.

DCThe District of Columbia does not include e cigarettes in its district-wide smoking ban. Hopefully this is a positive sign for the future of vaping in the US.

Idaho – There are currently no restrictions on vaporizer use for adults, with the exception of Ketchum, where vaping is prohibited anywhere that smoking is banned.

IndianaVaping is not regulated, except in Indianapolis/Marion, where it is included in the smoking ban.

IowaIowa doesn’t classify vaporizers as tobacco products, so they’re not regulated under the state’s “smoke-free” act. Iowa City has restricted the use of e-cigarettes on city-owned and managed property.

Maine –

Until July 4th, 2015, vaping was permitted just about everywhere in Maine; however, a bill designedTo Protect Children and the Public from Vapor from Electronic Smoking Devices” was enacted when Governor LePage called an adjournment to the legislature's session. The governor claims he can still veto the bill, but for now, vaping is no longer permitted in public spaces.

Maryland – E-cigarettes can be used freely, in most public locations.

MassachusettsThere are currently no state restrictions on the sale or use of e cigarettes or portable vaporizers.

MichiganThe jury is still out in Michigan regarding the sale of ecigs to those under 18. The state is finalizing a ban on the sale of “vapor” or “alternative nicotine” products to anyone under age 18. Legislation is currently pending the governor’s signature.

MississippiThe state has not included vaping in their smoking bans.

MontanaCurrently there are no state restrictions on the sale of portable vaporizers and e cigarettes, but legislation is pending.

NebraskaThe Smoke-Free Air Law doesn’t prohibit portable vaporizers since they are electronic, non-combustible devices.

NevadaThere are no state restrictions on the sale or use of portable vaporizers.

New Hampshire  The state has not included vaping in their smoking bans.

New Mexico – Although vaping legislation and taxation is in progress, The state has not included vaping in their smoking bans.

North Carolina  North Carolina is one of the only states to define e-cigarettes as “vapor products” by law, separating them from traditional tobacco products. The state has not included vaping in their smoking bans.

Tennessee – So far, no cities or counties in Tennessee have passed legislation restricting e cigarettes.

Texas – Texas does not classify portable vaporizers and e cigarettes as tobacco products and so far has no specific legislation banning their sale to minors. Only 10 counties include e cigs in smoking bans and the state’s four largest cities (Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin) do NOT include e cigarettes in smoking restrictions.

Vermont  No individual counties or cities have passed legislation restricting vaporizers.

VirginiaSo far, no individual counties or cities have passed legislation restricting e cigarettes.

Washington – Only two counties have banned e cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited, including King County, where Seattle is located.

West VirginiaOnly seven out of the state’s 55 counties have banned vaporizer use wherever smoking is prohibited.

Wisconsin – Only three counties have banned e cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited.

WyomingSo far, no counties or cities have enacted legislation relating to e-cigs.

While this list is substantial, keep in mind vaping regulations are in constant flux and the rules can be different next week. Remember to check before you vape in public and always be a courteous vaper.

sources include: nosmoke.org; NCSL.org; CDC; TheVapingMilitia

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Jackie J. is a professional researcher and writer with a background in health and art history. An avid traveller, Jackie particularly enjoys visiting vape shops around the world.

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