Amendment 9 will change Section 7 of Article II of the State Constitution to prohibit the drilling for exploration and extraction of oil and natural gas in specified coastal waters, whilst also amending Section 20 of Article X of the State Constitution to ban the use of e-cigarettes in indoor spaces.
However, residents in Florida have voted in favour of this proposal, and the measure was passed with 69 percent voting in favor and 31 percent voting against. This means that vaping will be banned in indoor spaces, with the exception of private residences, vape shops, some bars and smoking-friendly hotels.
Amendment 9 “is an entirely anti-democratic measure,” said president of the American Vaping Association, Gregory Conley. The measure “sends the false message to adult smokers that these products actually pose harms that are in any way comparable to cigarette smoke,” he added.
Research about vaping and air quality
“No accumulation of particles was registered in the room following subjects’ vaping. This shows us how fundamentally different exhaled e-vapour particles are compared to those released when smoking conventional cigarettes, the latter of which linger in the air for longer periods of time,” said senior study author Dr Grant O’Connell.
Air quality testing did not produce measurable levels of toxins
Similarly, a recent CDC study has indicated that e-cigarette vapour contains no more formaldehyde than the normal everyday air, found in the average American home. The CDC researchers gathered their data by collecting air samples from vape shops where both customers and employees would be actively vaping.
Not surprisingly, the gathered samples indicated that despite the higher than average amount of vaping that would be taking place in such outlets, the air quality testing did not produce measurable concentrations of formaldehyde or other toxins.