Electronic cigarettes that do not pose a secondhand smoke risk to anyone have been banned by the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field as part of the team’s efforts to enforce Wisconsin’s new anti-smoking law. Despite the fact that the harmless fake smokes are not restricted in public places by the new law, the team recently opted to include them in the stadium’s smoking ban anyway, specifically citing the law as its excuse.
“Lambeau Field is now a smoke-free facility as required by Wisconsin State Law,” the facility’s website currently states. However, it does not include any mention of a ban on electronic cigarettes, despite a local media report saying otherwise.
A fact sheet prepared by Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) detailing Wisconsin’s new smoking law enacted July 5, 2010 also does not include electronic cigarettes among the tobacco products “prohibited in enclosed public places and workplaces.” Perhaps, that’s because state legislators, unlike the Green Bay Packers, realize that electronic cigarettes provide users with inhaled doses of nicotine via a vaporized solution and no smoke or combustion occurs in the process.
“Smoking is defined as the burning or holding, or inhaling or exhaling smoke from a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, or any other lighted smoking equipment,” Lazich’s fact sheet states. “If you have comments on this or any other issue, please contact me at email@example.com, http://www.senatorlazich.com, Senator Mary Lazich, State Capitol, P.O. Box 7882 Madison, WI 53707 or 1-800-334-1442.”
Not only should concerned citizens and e-cigarette smokers contact Lazich, but they should demand Lambeau Field and Green Bay Packers executive management brush-up on the state’s anti-smoking law before trying to promote restrictions in it that simply do not exist.
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