The city council of Long Beach, California, has voted unanimously to extend its ban on vaping in public places by banning use of electronic cigarettes even in vape shops and vaping lounges.
The “speak-easies” of the vaping underground, vaping lounges have been proliferating all over the USA, even in some cities where vaping is not permitted in most public places. They are vape shops with areas where users can relax with their vaporizers, and socialize with other vapers, cementing solidarity with other like-minded e-cig users. They are fast becoming a new kind of public recreational space, and the similarity with the Prohibition Era is not at all amiss. Southern California has been an area where their proliferation is particularly notable. But that will not be the case in Long Beach any more.