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Vaping In Smoke-Free Areas, Do You Have The Right?

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Vapers gather for a meet and charity fundraiser at The Vape Supply Co. in Brooklyn, New York on Feb. 27. Photograph by Chris Mellides

The use of vapor products is growing in the U.S. at a rate where roughly 4% of adults currently own and operate these devices, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While most states have banned cigarette smoking in public spaces, including parks, restaurants and workplaces, most of these states do not have clear laws in place that specifically prevent the use of vapor products where smoking is prohibited.

This has no doubt created a grey area, where vapers can choose to interpret the law as they see fit, with no real guarantee of facing any repercussion for choosing to vape in smoke-free locations.

In a 2014 study led by the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, 952 vapers were asked how they viewed vapor products and where they use them most.

“Overall, 60% of e-cigarette users said they had vaped in an area where smoking was banned. Among 18-29 year-olds, nearly three quarters had used e-cigarettes in smoke-free areas, while older adults were less likely to do so,” according to Reuters.

In a country-wide effort to curb teen smoking, vapor product use in public spaces where smoking is prohibited is a topic of great debate, and one that won’t soon fade away.

For a more detailed read, check out the latest from Reuters on Fortune.com. The article can be found here.