Kansas Attorney General wants to update Clean Indoor Air Act to include vaping, local vape shop weighs in

Kansas AG wants to reduce health harms from secondhand smoke from vapes

The Clean Indoor Air Act currently prohibits smoking in public indoor locations in Kansas, like restaurants, bars, places of employment and more.

But Attorney General Derek Schmidt wants to make sure vaping is included in that definition.

“We’re definitely not opposed to it” said Vaper Generation, Manager, Brannon Owen.

Although Vaper Generations in Pittsburg is not opposed to updating the law, they believe it’s all about common sense.

“If you’re in a public place, if you’re in a business, it’s too easy to say you’re not going to walk through a store smoking a cigarette, so I wouldn’t walk through a store blowing the biggest most obnoxious clouds I could” added Owen.

The Acts purpose is to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke.

Owen thinks businesses should be the ones to decide if vaping is allowed inside their establishment or not.

“I don’t view that as something harmful, let me make my own decisions, so a business whether you’re pro or anti should be able to say no smoking no vaping.”

The Attorney General wants to prevent health harms associated with vaping, like its secondhand smoke.

Crawford County Health Department’s, Hope Harmon, says there isn’t enough evidence to show how harmful the secondhand smoke of a vape actually is yet.

“With the new e-cigarettes and the vaping, there’s just not enough studies, not enough research information released yet to know exactly what the hazards are, but then again anytime you inhale anything that’s an irritant there’s a possibility for irritation and lung problems.”

But she says adding vaping to the law will help deter people from continuing to vape.

“Anytime that you provide areas just like traditional cigarette smoke or tobacco, the areas that the e cigarettes are not allowed or the vaping, you include that in, it enhances and helps them to not be tempted to continue to vape or smoke in that environment.”

According to the Attorney General’s statement release, ‘As of October, at least 19 states and two territories prohibit use of e-cigarettes in places that are designated one-hundred percent smoke-free’.