Electronic Cigarettes On The Firing Line

The Health Nazis Are At It Again

Well, the Health Nazis are at it again. According to a story in the LA Times on February 25th (LA Times article):

smoke-nazi“A Los Angeles City Council panel on Monday endorsed an array of restrictions on e-cigarettes that would prohibit the vapor-emitting devices from being used in most workplaces and a number of public spaces.

“The proposed ordinance, now heading to the full City Council, would treat e-cigarettes like conventional cigarettes, outlawing their use in parks, on city beaches, in restaurant outdoor dining areas and at city-sponsored farmers markets.

“… (L)awmakers acted after Jonathan Fielding, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, said e-cigarettes threaten to make smoking socially acceptable after years of advocacy to discourage the habit. Young people who get hooked on the nicotine in e-cigarettes may then turn to tobacco use, he said.

“Monday’s vote came as a larger debate plays out over e-cigarettes and whether they are a gateway to tobacco…”

This was utterly predictable, and clearly illustrates the mendacity of the elitist nabobs who want to control every aspect of how people live their own lives.

Regular cigarettes, the kind with tobacco in them, have been demonized for the last couple of decades, and their use severely restricted based on now-discredited pseudo-science that attributed all kinds of evils to the chimera of “second-hand smoke”.

Of course, the natural result of that was the free market development of an alternative product that has none of the e-cigsupposedly deleterious ingredients of real cigarettes, the electronic cigarette – or “e-cig” – which merely vaporizes a harmless liquid that may (or may not, depending on the user’s preference) contain nicotine. Some e-cigs are merely flavored, containing no nicotine at all.

If one keeps in mind that the original rationalization for attacking regular cigarettes was their alleged negative effect on “bystanders”, what possible justification can there be for banning a product that has no such effect?

vapingWell, read the quoted material: there’s a danger that they may make some form of smoking “socially acceptable” – oh, horror! – and that they may be a “gateway” to regular cigarettes.

Are these the same type of people that have scoffed and ridiculed the idea that marijuana might be a “gateway” to stronger drugs? Why, yes they are! And they can make these claims without a shred of irony or self-awareness of their own hypocrisy.

And the real bottom line? “Social acceptability”. How awful. A lifestyle choice these elitist control freaks don’t approve of. We simply can’t have that!

E-cigs are a product that is completely harmless to “bystanders” – they don’t even have an aroma, unless one buys a scented/flavored type – as well as to the user, as far as has been determined, yet the very idea that someone might be able to emit from their mouths something that merely looks like smoke is enough to send the Health Nazis into a hissy-fit.

asthma inhalerWhat’s next? Are they also planning on banning asthma inhalers? If not, why not? There’s no difference that I can see.

These control freaks must lose sleep at night worrying that someone somewhere is enjoying themselves doing something free of government regulation.

 

 

 

©Brian Baker 2014

 

 

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30 comments on “Electronic Cigarettes On The Firing Line

  1. Mrs. AL says:

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    • BrianR says:

      HAhahahahahahahahaha! That was GREAT!

      Gotta laugh right along with you, MrsAL.

      Fortunately, I don’t live in THAT city. Though given the sorry nature of this state, there’s nothing to assure me the state socialists won’t try to hop on this bandwagon.

      • Mrs. AL says:

        Well I thought y’all were breaking up into 6 States, or was that just a rumor? (Have to tease you a little, BrianR.)

      • BrianR says:

        That’s okay. I love a little… tease…

        Yeah, there’s been some talk of that, but I don’t think it’ll ever come to anything. A pipe dream of some of the GOPers. Can you even IMAGINE a state like this completely run by the Dem/socialists, and them allowing it to be broken up?

        I sure cant’.

  2. gunnyginalaska says:

    Typical Progressive behavior. Control. Control. Control.

    Speaking of Progs, we’re in the process up here of running them out and sending them back to the Left Coast where they came from!

  3. clyde says:

    Tell me THIS wasn’t predictable. The e-cig smokers should have a sit-in at City Hall, and puff puff puff away.

  4. Grey Neely says:

    Let me get this straight. The Democrat elites are OK with smoking pot but not OK with E-cigarettes? I already recognize the irony in that the Democrats are OK with abortion but not OK with us rednecks owning guns.

    Meanwhile most of the Deep South is arming to the teeth. In Mississippi open carry is legal. And after the Ukraine exploded (with unarmed civilians with home-made molotov cocktails chasing the Ukrainian president out), I imagine that the smarter Democrat elites are starting to shake in their boots. If a Lexington and Concord event occurs in th US, the feds don’t stand a chance.

  5. Buck says:

    So far here in Okieland you can still find a beer joint that smoking is okay. The yuppie joints, not so much and the control freaks have pretty much taken the choice of smoke-smoke free out of restaurant proprietor’s hands..

    • BrianR says:

      Yeah. Nothing like telling a private business and property owner what he can and can’t allow in his own business when it comes to smoking.

  6. Buck says:

    Who can figure liberal twisted thinking? You can no longer purchase a glass thermometer because they contain mercury and the regime thinks you are too stupid to know how to handle something containing mercury but at the same time they take away your incandescent light bulbs and are FORCING you to purchase pig tail light bulbs at the same time advising you to call HazMat if you break one because they contain….(drum roll)…mercury.

    • BrianR says:

      You put your finger on the crux of the issue, Buck.

      To quote you: “liberal… thinking”.

      An oxymoron if ever there was one.

  7. thedrpete says:

    Four longitudinal studies — two by the WHO and two by California State University researchers — have each concluded that there seems zero negative impact from “second-hand smoke”. While it is intuitive, there has been no research demonstrating that there is.

    Each human being comes to Planet Earth endowed with the unalienable right to liberty (to do whatever the heck you want . . . just as long as not infringing on others’ like rights in the process). Therefore, if I own a restaurant, the choice as to whether patrons may or may not smoke is mine alone. The choice as to whether women may or may not enter is mine alone. The choice as to whether people of color may or may not enter is mine alone. No one — not a sole soul — has a right to patronize MY restaurant.

    • BrianR says:

      Yep. So one would think.

      Damn nanny-staters think otherwise, of course. To THEM, you’re running a “public accommodation” subject to their whims and diktats.

      • thedrpete says:

        It’s the words to their song as in http://thedrpete.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/the-stacked-deck/

        If I seek a date, is that “public accommodation”? If I offer to shoe a neighbor’s horse, is THAT? If I cobble custom footwear, is THAT? I offer food and drink, along with hospitality and atmosphere. That’s “public accommodation”? I can and may — progressive/liberal law be damned — offer said to women only, men only, just my coworkers, just homosexuals, only to smokers, only to nonsmokers, that because it’s my time, my money, my property, MINE.

      • BrianR says:

        Yep, used to be. Now, of course, the concepts of property rights and freedom of association are dead. You can be COMPELLED to do things which you consider wrong. You no longer have the right to be an idiot.

  8. Buck says:

    Yep and they can destroy something harming no one at the bang of a gave. In New York there was a men’s club that was something like a hundred years old. Then some activist women sued to be allowed membership. And won.
    I think the club closed its doors.
    The $64.00 question is WHY do people go to such lengths to be admitted to a group or society as under a court order when they …are…not…wanted?
    Why would they destroy something of enjoyment for other people merely because they were not invited to the party?????
    Maybe some folks never leave the spoiled little brat phase of growing up.
    I don’t know.

    • BrianR says:

      Oh, hell yeah, Buck. It’s acting out on a sour grapes feeling. “If I can’t do it, NO ONE can!”. Like that.

      Funny, though. You never hear anything about Blacks wanting to join the KKK. I wonder why…

  9. CW says:

    I was going to say that based upon the logic that e-cigs make smoking seem socially acceptable we should ban music, movies and other entertainment that makes behaving like thugs and animals seem socially acceptable; but then I realized that behaving like thugs and animals IS socially acceptable to the Left.

    • BrianR says:

      “… behaving like thugs and animals IS socially acceptable to the Left.”

      “Socially acceptable”? One might almost say “required”.

  10. jevica says:

    Brian;

    Don’t you know that we know better than you what’s good for you.

  11. jevica says:

    Brian;

    Great news,

    “Poll: The least popular senator in America is…”

    “To clarify, he’s the least popular incumbent in his home state among the many states that PPP has polled this year. This is a survey of Arizona, not of the entire U.S., in case that makes a difference to you. And maybe it should: A former national nominee would probably poll better nationally, based on pure name recognition (and maybe some sympathy for his defeat), than he might among locals who are following his Senate votes day to day.”

    “. . . How many years has McCain been pushing immigration reform now? I know, I know, he became a border hawk temporarily from 2008-10 in order to win his primaries, but no one took that very seriously.”

    “You’d think Latinos in Arizona would be softer on him than other groups. Not really”

    “. . . Is it time to start the McCain retirement watch in earnest?” I really hope so.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/03/06/poll-the-least-popular-senator-in-america-is/

    • BrianR says:

      Well, for years I’ve been saying that we should somehow convince the North Vietnamese to take him back.

  12. Buck says:

    What a sleaze. His daddy and his grand daddy were both admirals so there was not a chance of him getting cashiered from the Naval Academy. His daddy and his grand daddy were both admirals so there was not a chance of him getting washed out of flight school. His daddy and his grand daddy were both admirals so there was not a chance of him getting shot down by….whoops!
    And from then on we came to see the real McCain. Not the one seen daily by the enlisted guys aboard ship.
    Ever wonder why we have never heard from the plane captain or any other sailors about him?

    • BrianR says:

      Yeah, exactly. He got cut a whole lot of slack that never would be given to someone who wasn’t already a “prince” by birth.

  13. Buck says:

    When I think of USNA graduates McCain and Carter, somehow the aura dims on Bainbridge Court…

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