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NYC bans e-cigs in public establishments (sorry GWAR)

by Ian Chainey

Beefcake the Mighty using a vaporizer/Link’s recorder
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Today, metal spewers of juices GWAR have announced a collaboration with Mount Baker Vapors to supply the world with GWAR Fluids, a set of custom flavored e-cigarette/vaporizer liquid. Starting May 1, you’ll be able to take a deep pull of Jizmoglobin — “a creamy blueberry blend with notes of nut and custard” — at your favorite New York bar… hold up.

Actually, no. No, you won’t.

In a stroke of bad luck for Mount Baker Vapors, New York City has amended the 2002 Smoke-Free Air Act to ban e-cigarettes from offices, restaurants, parks, bars, and beaches. The change goes in effect today (4/30). So, in public spaces, e-cigarettes are now, well, cigarettes. And, yep, if you’re caught sucking on Spew — “a primarily melon flavor with hints of mixed fruits and berries” — you’ll be tagged with a fine of $100, with the owner of the establishment your smelling-up getting slapped with a $200 to $400 punishment for a first time offense.

Ouch, Mount Baker Vapors. Not even German Chocolate Beefcake — “a sweet cake flavor with the perfect combination of chocolate, coconut, and caramel” — is likely to alleviate that headache.

Of course, the NYC ban isn’t the only instance of unfortunate/questionable timing in this case, with the sponsorship deal coming a little more than a month after the passing of Dave Murray Brockie, better known as Oderus Urungus. If you missed it, we ran a fitting tribute to the man at Invisible Oranges and here on BV. In addition, you can check out information on the Dave Brockie Foundation, set up in his honor, here. R.I.P.

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