Aria Xiao is a vaper, she says she smokes all the time.
“I noticed there are some signs of no smoking on the building or on the streets, Xiao said. “But I just feel like vaping is not included in that ban.”
And she is right, but that is what Los Angeles County and City want to change. The county banned vaping and smoking marijuana in places like beaches, parks and government buildings. 23-year-old Xiao doesn’t want the new rules to stigmatize vapers like herself.
“I don’t feel like it is shame to smoke on campus,” She said.
Several protesters showed up at LA city hall this afternoon. They don’t want the city to tighten its smoking rules. The city council committee is considering a new ban on flavored tobacco.
“I don’t this is right for anyone to tell a person what they can’t do,” smoker Gary cooper said.
E-cigarettes were supposed to help adults quit smoking, but opponents say these products are targeting young people and encouraging them to smoke. According to a recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine, more than 1.3 million high school students started to vape last year.
Doctors worry young people are becoming addicted to flavored tobacco and recommend to restrictions right away.
“Currently there are no approved medical products for young addicted e-cigarette users,” Amanda Staples, community advocacy director of American Heart Association said.
“Parents said their kids are addicted and they don’t know what to do. But doctors answer is they also don’t have anything that they can use for them,” Staples added.
It is unclear what the smoking restrictions will mean when people can buy all kinds of smoking products on online at any age.