As the Republican National Convention fast approaches in the next week, officials based in Cleveland continue receiving numerous queries pertaining to the types of firearms that can be openly carried (hint: only real ones) and where they will be allowed to carry them (only outside the convention hall). However, this is not the only question being asked – many people would like to know whether e-cig devices will be allowed to be carried and used or not.
In order to provide a little more clarity on the whole e-cig issue, Gawker decided to inquire with the organizers of the Republican and Democratic conventions about what the various policies were regarding vaping. Below is the info they received pertaining to the different events.
This event is scheduled to take place from July 18th to the 21st, and the city spokesperson, Dan Williams has confirmed with Gawker that e-cig devices were not on the list of items that are being prohibited in the event zone for safety reasons (at this stage, the banned items list includes grappling hooks, laser devices, nun-chucks, tennis balls, umbrellas with metal tips, water guns and “containers of bodily fluids”).
While vapers may be permitted to be in possession of their e-cigs at this convention, it appears that they will not actually be allowed to use them at any time because the venue is classified as “a smoke-free facility” with smoking being defined as including “any and all electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes.”
This convention is scheduled to take place from July 25th through to the 28th and regulations pertaining to e-cigs are somewhat stricter here. Anyone attending the events will not be allowed to be in possession of any vaping devices whatsoever, as a complete ban has been placed on them. Other items that are prohibited at this venue include drones, selfie sticks, explosives, balloons and backpacks.
When the Secret Service was asked to explain why vaping devices are not allowed at the convention, spokesperson Robert Hoback said to Gawker that they “will not be offering a comment regarding the prohibited items list.”
While this event already took place from May 26th to the 30th, attendants were apparently allowed to use their vaping devices at the venue. According to information from The New York Times, a number of delegates were seen puffing on their devices between chants of ‘freedom.’
When he was asked to respond to the convention policies, Gregory Conley, president of the industry-funded American Vaping Association, stated that banning the possession of e-cigs and vaping accessories “is a slap in the face to the millions of Americans who have quit smoking by vaping.”
Conley further mentioned, “Democrat leaders like Debbie Wasserman Schultz have already alienated many vapers by spewing misinformation about these lifesaving products. This is just yet another example of Washington elites being out of touch and outright hostile to technology products that are literally saving lives.”
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