Bethany Beach looking to ban e-cigs on beach because smoking


I can understand why smoking is banned on a lot of public beaches. Let’s take the second-hand smoke out of the equation and just focus on the litter alone. Beachside towns spend a lot of money on cleaning up the cigarette butts that are littering our nation’s beaches. I’ll admit, having grown up on the beaches of South Jersey, that I was guilty of that as well. However looking back I remember seeing huge piles of cigarette butts collecting in the dunes.

So again I say, you would think that towns would embrace e-cigs and vaping on the beach as it doesn’t leave any littering behind but Bethany Beach, Delalware, doesn’t think like that. They are looking to ban vaping and e-cigs on their beaches because it looks like smoking.

Vice Mayor Jack Gordon was one of the advocates for the ordinance.

“We’re a family beach,” he said. “And we like to keep things family oriented down here.”

He said the use of e-cigarettes would create an enforcement issue, amongst other problems.

“Part of the problem is with enforcement,” he said. “You don’t know whether someone is smoking an E-Cigarette unless you check it out.”

First off most name brand e-cigs are colored to not look like cigarettes so it would be easy to spot one in the wild and vaporizers look nothing like cigarettes at all. Not to mention that cigarette smoke as that distinct smell and effect while vaping and e-cigs do not. It’s really not that hard to grasp people.

Also, as I predicted, Vice Mayor Gordon is using the specter of marijuana vaping as a bogeyman to ban nicotine vaping on the beach.

He said there was also concern with people using the E-Cigarettes to conceal drugs like marijuana.

Insert exasperated sigh here.

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  1. ronni

    The city of Goergetown TX, a few miles north of here is banning them city-wide. I think it’s idiotic! I’m glad the FDA (or whatever agency) is looking at them…unless the tobacco industry has bought them off, they should get a pretty clean bill of health. I feel that they should not be sold or marketed to children or teens, but why on earth are they being regulated more closely than actual tobacco products, which are proven carcinogens? The only answer I can come up with is that there is tobacco money behind it. For what it’s worth, I’m a former smoker who hasn’t lit one up since August of 2005.

    1. Trench Reynolds

      Thanks Ronni for being my first commenter. It was getting a little lonely in here. lol

      1. ronni

        I guess my point is that I’m a lot happier hanging with vapers than with smokers. If a person needs nicotine, best they use it in a form that doesn’t tick off everyone else. Many of my friends smoke, and I am used to it, but I have to say that, when some of them substituted the eCig, I was all for it. I really hope it is proved harmless in re second hand smoke.

        1. Trench Reynolds

          If only the rest of the world were as reasonable as you.

          1. ronni

            Well, of course, the world would be a better place! LOL!

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