To start with, it's important to have a good working understanding of what an e-cigarette actually is. These battery-operated electronic devices deliver nicotine through tobacco-free vapor. Because this vapor is free of tobacco's cancer-causing chemicals, many believe it to be a safer way to consume nicotine. Unfortunately, the second-hand vapor can include other carcinogenic chemicals including formaldehyde.
The FDA announced that they would be treating e-cigarettes the same way they do other tobacco products. If your tenants ask about smoking their vape pens inside, you'll have a conundrum on your hands. While vaping does not result in the same degree of smoke and smell that cigarettes and cigars do, it does require the inhalation of a substance. Depending on your definition, this could be considered smoking.
Ultimately, your decision should come down to what is best for your property. If promoting pro-vaping housing would be a boost to your advertisements, then it may be a good option. Because the long-term impact of vaping has not yet been determined, though, it's best to air on the side of caution.
- Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management