12/13/2010

Move to ban e-cigarettes raises question

So e-cigarettes have no second hand smoke but they still get banned? The claim is that letting people smoke non-smoke emitting e-cigarettes will lead to people smoking real cigarettes makes little sense because the enforcement is easy. E-cigarettes may even make it easier to ban real cigarettes because there is a substitute. Now this from Seattle.

Five years after Washington residents voted to ban smoking cigarettes, cigars and pipes in public places, King County wants to add one more thing to the list: Electronic cigarettes.

The 2006 state law banned smoking in bars and restaurants on the basis that second-hand smoke causes cancer and other diseases. King County's rationale for adding e-cigarettes, also known as battery-powered nicotine-delivery devices, to the list of forbidden acts is a little different.

The fake cigs, from which users inhale vaporized nicotine, don't emit smoke. Rather, they produce a less-smelly, combustion-free mist.

But public health officials say they're so similar to the real thing that they make tobacco enforcement difficult and often prompt smokers to think it's OK to light up in public. And that leads to second-hand smoke, health officials reason.

"The idea is that even though they're not exactly identical to cigarettes, people see folks using e-cigarettes, and they think somebody else is smoking," said Bud Nicola, a King County Board of Health member and affiliate professor with the University of Washington School of Public Health. "It makes it very difficult for inspectors." . . .

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3 Comments:

Blogger TooMuchTime said...

Well, since no one has ever died from second-hand smoke, I'm not sure what the problem is here.

12/14/2010 2:58 PM  
Blogger Raven Lunatic said...

...what's the problem with someone killing themselves in a slow, apparently enjoyable way that has basically no impact on anybody else?

What's next, banning red meat & donuts?

12/15/2010 9:52 AM  
Blogger Shantel said...

This product had changed the life of some smokers. E-cigs and e-liquid store owners are also part of the changes. Their business had helped them quit smoking.

2/02/2011 4:41 AM  

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