which is an obvious inference considering just recently the world’s smallest country has applied its smoking ban to vaping eLiquids and using e-cigarettes. In a Dec. 9 communique, Bishop Fernando Vérgez, the Secretary General of the Governatorate of Vatican City State, the bishop gently reminded employees of the 2002 law passed by the city state banning smoking on its territory, and extraterritorial offices of the Holy See.
The bishop said in the communique electronic cigarettes “are to be considered as completely equivalent to the tobacco products” banned in that legislation. Employees have told various reporting organizations that vaping had become increasingly common in Vatican offices, leading to several complaints, which is probably why just now they "reminded" everyone that smoking and vaping isn't allowed.
According to the U.S. government’s National Center for Biotechnology Information, 21.4 percent of Italians smoke, compared to 13.7 percent of Americans. Italy introduced its own ban on smoking in public spaces in 2005, although the law doesn’t apply to vaping. This extended ban on smoking in Vatican territory and offices now just includes vaping with it. In other words, they'll simply have to go outside to vape.
Can you imagine having that discussion for years? How many were people vaping in Vatican City since that 2002 ban on smoking and making the arguments for their vaping habits? We have enough trouble combating the science against the inane hyperbolic rhetoric of anti-vaping sentiment here in the states, I can only imagine how much more difficult that would be with a bit of bureaucratic theocracy tossed in.