Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: e cigarettes

Feb.
27th

TOBACCO: Vaping tax will cause deaths

Re: “Inslee tax would nearly double cost of vaping” (thenewstribune.com, 2-26).

I have a serious question for Jay Inslee: “Governor, why do you want people to die?”

For 20 years or so, it’s been public policy to encourage smoking cessation by imposing high taxes on tobacco products. It’s been a very gradual process, but the taxes have been partially successful. Smoking is on the decline.

Now we have an attractive and economical alternative to smoking cigarettes (vaping) that has the potential to finish the job, but Inslee wants to tax it to smithereens. Because of this tax, some smokers

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May
5th

SMOKING: E-cigs help kick the habit

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

I have smoked since Marine Corp boot camp 1963. I tried hypnotism, patches, you name it. Nothing worked because smokers need something in their hands as much as the smoke in their lungs.

After three weeks of e-cigarettes and no smokes, I put down the e-cigs now for four weeks. I don’t understand why the smoke replacement gets a bad rap. I wonder if the Pierce County health people have any bad habits.

May
5th

SMOKING: E-cigarettes have positive uses

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

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May
5th

SMOKING: E-cigarettes do more harm than good

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

As a tobacco cessation specialist, I recommend products for quitting tobacco solely based on their effectiveness and safety. I am opposed not only to e-cigarettes but to anything that is being sold as a tobacco cessation aid that doesn’t work.

Failed quit attempts compound tobacco use and addiction. People decide to quit because they have what we call “quit energy.” They think, “Now is a good time,” or “I have to do it now,” or “It’s now or never.”

This “now time” is when they have

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