Philly City Council Bans E-Cigarette Use in Public Spaces

City Council voted unanimously to treat e-cigarettes no differently than regular cigarettes.

Were you an e-cigarette user who was happy you could vape in your favorite non-smoking bar? Right: I used past tense, because City Council unanimously voted to ban e-cigarette use in public spaces Thursday afternoon. E-Cigarettes will now be treated like plain old regular cigarettes — you can’t smoke them in public, and you can’t buy them if you’re under 18.

The Inquirer notes today’s hearing featured an e-cigarette advocate vaping right on the floor of City Council!

Gregory Conley, a research fellow at The Heartland Institute, used his e-cigarette while testifying in Council Thursday. No vapor could be seen. “Now, did I just use my electronic cigarette?” he asked. “You have no hope of enforcing this bill, so you’re just passing something for the sake of passing it.”


The bills will go into effect if Mayor Nutter signs them. No word if the pope weighed in on the matter.

[NBC 10 | Inquirer]

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  • merf

    Stupid move by ignorant folk!!!! Because I don’t know much about this, it can’t be good! I suppose, that’s the reasoning behind this move.

  • DeeMD

    Funny how certain things get done and passed real fast.. this is more about profits being lowered on normal cigs..and a witch hunt on compulsive stick you nose in other business.. how about passing a laws about animal abuse, dog fighting..child welfare..drunk drivers..etc.. Kid will be kids..ok make the be 18 ..for me who would be selling these to minors anyhow..BUT..u can’t monitor what kids do..remember the tiny spoons McDonalds gave out..then they found low lifes were using them too cook drugs..i mean wtf..do we have to monitor everything the morons want to do with things???

  • crateish

    Good. Nicotine is the most addictive drug on earth. I don’t need it blown into the face of my kid.

    • Ted Govostis

      Do you let your kid eggplant? A 1 oz serving (which is a very small portion) of eggplant will give them as much nicotine as sitting in a room with someone smoking for 9 hours. Tomatoes, potatoes, and cauliflower all contain nicotine too.

  • Patrick Rozas

    I think this is stupid they’re going to legalize pot but Ben electronic cigarettes the government is stupid I’m going to continue to vape wherever I want a vape write me a ticket I don’t care it’s not a cigarette its not smoke its vapor