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SMOKING: E-cigarettes have positive uses

Letter by Michael D. Evans, Puyallup on May 5, 2011 at 1:39 pm | 2 Comments »
May 5, 2011 2:22 pm

Re: “Apply cigarette ban to vaping?” (TNT, 5-5).

I’m having a very difficult time swallowing the efforts being made to hang the black cloud of “health risk” on electronic cigarettes.

Yes, I am a smoker – for more than 40 years. For the past 35 years at least, I’ve been making attempts to quit. For much of that time, I’ve tried to be a “courteous smoker” and keep the danger and stink as far as possible from others.

At this time, when tobacco smoking is so socially unacceptable – when many smokers are looking at e-cigarettes as a way to further limit the impact on nonsmokers and many hope they’ll possibly be the aid that can help us kick the addiction once and for all, here is the health department, making them out to be another attempt by some industry to drag our children into a life of addiction.

To me, this isn’t about rights. There certainly are those who use e-cigarettes as a “nose-thumbing” method. The majority, I am guessing, want to lessen the impact on our neighbors, use them as a stopping aid, save some money, etc.

Why on Earth would a public agency and newspaper want to put such a thing in such a bad light?

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