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Is vaping rehabilitation or harmful?

Katharine Hada, Social Media Editor

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Vape shops may soon become less cloudy as Pleasant Hill’s City Council votes on the indoor vaping ordinance.

The city held an emergency vote at their Oct. 19 meeting. The vote in question was for a proposed amendment in the current ordinance regarding smoking e-cigarettes, or “vaping,” in vape establishments.

Nexus Vapor, a shop in San Ramon, is looking to open a Pleasant Hill location within the next year. However, the council has some questions when it comes to distribution and smoking on premises. Especially concerning minors.

Council member Michael Harris worries about potential issues with the vapor leaving the shop and affecting children and infants in the shop’s surrounding area. Harris claims that studies from major tobacco sellers have shown a correlation with vaping and asthma in children.

Dominic Nudo, a Nexus customer who currently uses e-cigarettes, has said that vaping has helped change his life. Nudo, who began smoking at 14, said that with the help of e-cigarettes he has been able to lower his nicotine intake; going from a pack and a half of cigarettes a day, down to 6 milligrams of nicotine in his vape – the smallest possible nicotine amount offered.

Nudo said, “I am finally happy with who I am because I quit smoking. I have confidence again and can not be constricted with cigarettes,” He no longer has to worry about smelling of cigarettes when going to interviews or important meetings, and has reduced his nicotine intake considerably.

To further Nexus Vapor’s plea, Grace Borgonia read a letter from an anonymous Nexus customer, which highlighted Nudo’s claims, reading, “Vaping should be socially acceptable to help smokers quit smoking.”

In response, Pleasant Hill Mayor, Ken Carlson, said, “If this truly works as a rehabilitation device would we even need to regulate smoking anymore?” He failed to see how vaping could potentially be harmful for anyone other than the smoker, stating several times, “It’s called “vaping” because all you exhale is vapor.”

The emergency vote failed to pass with a 3-1 motion, Harris objecting, but the smoking ordinance will be up for discussion again at the next city council meeting Nov. 2.



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One Response to “Is vaping rehabilitation or harmful?”

  1. Dave on October 26th, 2015 10:51 am

    “I can’t quite smoking so I accept I’ll die with a smoking related illness”. That’s what I said over 3 years ago. Since not having a cigarette for 3 years and being completely off nicotine since Nov. 15th 2014, I don’t feel that way anymore. Not only have I not had a cigarette for 3 years but the fact I’m even considering now quitting vaping is quite miraculous in my little world.

    Giving up vaping, now I just have to deal with the hand to mouth thing. I haven’t had nicotine in a year so nicotine withdrawl part won’t be a problem. A device invented to improve one’s health dramatically but it won’t make the pharmaseudical companies richer. Pity it hasn’t got a chance in hell because of ignorance and money.

    For selfish reasons, I’m lucky. I found out about vaping and got involved in it before the government and “heath officials” could “protect” me from it’s wickedness so I have a chance of not smoking or vaping shortly. For those just starting out, I hope you are able to quit vaping before the govenment and pharmaseudical companies kill it because it robs them of your cash. Since when has the government done anything just because it’s the right thing to do even if it doesn’t make a lobbyist happy?

    A 49 year old fully blown addicted cigarette smoker smoking since he was 12 now not smoking and he suffered nothing in the transition of it. Sounds too good to be true. Sounds like science fiction doesn’t it? Maybe an episode of the Twilight Zone perhaps. Nope. It exists folks. A real life Star Trek gadget that actually works. Get involved before the people that don’t care about you and only care about your money takes it away from you. Come January I won’t be smoking or vaping anymore. I wish you all the same amount of luck from this evil evil device.

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