Fans of classic films from the Golden Age of Hollywood (or those still alive who have passed the century mark) know that once upon a time smoking cigarettes was considered “glamorous” and was encouraged by society. There were even tobacco industry shills in the medical profession who claimed that cigarettes offered health benefits.
In April, a 20-year-old woman from Arizona suffered severe burn injuries. Driving her pickup at the time, the accident caused her to run into a tree, resulting in broken legs and pelvis. An officer at the scene said that when he opened the door to the cab, “the whole inside...was on fire.”
This week, the Allegheny County Council voted to ban e-cigarette use in public spaces, being the second county in Pennsylvania to do so. The practice of “vaping” is no longer permitted in offices and other indoor workplaces, schools, indoor sports and entertainment venues, health care facilities and bus and train stations.
Earlier this week, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down part of an Indiana law regulating the manufacture and sale of electronic cigarettes and vaping liquids. The law was considered controversial, because it applied to manufacturers operating outside of Indiana, which the court ruled was “unconstitutional.” Furthermore, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now looking into how the law was written and passed – and whether or not it illegally favored in-state manufacturers by shutting out-of-state companies out of the Indiana market.