When a smoker makes the courageous decision to put away tobacco and try vaping as an alternative, there are a lot of positive changes that happen. Beyond the fact that you eliminate thousands of lethal carcinogens, you also gain your social life. You are no longer forced outside when you need a quick nicotine fix. You aren’t endangering your family with secondhand smoke in the car. It’s a win-win situation, right? Unfortunately, some places are now forcing vapers to follow the same rules as smokers and Disneyland is joining the ranks of vape haters. This week, Disney has made a push to keep ecig users confined to smoking areas by posting vaping rules around the park.
A Disneyland spokesperson said the rules aren’t new, but the park is making them more visible so ecig users will remember to keep their ecigs in smoking areas only. While they didn’t make any explanation for the rules, it seems that guest conflicts might have triggered the move to push vapers to the smoking section. Restaurant server Gino Garetti said the vaping policy would cut down on a lot of fights and conflicts that happen in the park. “I’ve seen people fight about it at restaurants. The vape looks like smoke, and people can’t tell the difference,” he said.
In nearby Anaheim Hills, Christian Tesoro runs a vape shop and he isn’t happy about the new Disney pushback against ecigs. He argued that vaping is fundamentally different than smoking and the two should never be confused. “I think there’s still a lot of misunderstanding of what vape is,” Tesoro explained. “We’re not cigarette smokers. There’s no fire involved and it’s not toxic. The difference is night and day.”
Tesoro frequently spends time in Disneyland or strolling through downtown Disney, but he doesn’t expect park officials to have any luck in enforcing the ecig policy. “People are going to do it no matter what. It’s not like cigarettes. They’ll sneak a little puff, and the smoke will just evaporate in the air.”
For now, electronic cigarette users will have to use their own discretion when vaping in the parks. Is it worth being kicked out of the park to take a quick vape? Is there any real chance that the park can even enforce this ridiculous rule? We want to hear from you! Do you think Disneyland is out of line with their vaping policy?