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Tag: electronic cigarettes


VAPING: E-liquid isn’t ‘liquid nicotine’

The online version of The News Tribune published a video featuring a reporter demonstrating an electronic cigarette. The staffer holds up a bottle of (what is colloquially known as) e-liquid and calls it “liquid nicotine.” She repeats that phrase several times during the course of her demonstration.

This terminology is, at best, ignorant. At worst, it is dishonest.

E-liquid typically contains between 0.8 percent to 2.4 percent nicotine by weight, and this information is always on the label. Calling it “liquid nicotine” is roughly comparable to saying that a glass of lemonade is composed of straight lemon juice.


SMOKING: U.S. senators need to focus

I was so impressed to learn that four U.S. senators (Dick Durbin of Illinois, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Edward Markey of Massachusetts) found it such a priority to spend taxpayers’ money to critique activities during the Golden Globe awards of actors pictured using electronic cigarettes.

Understand that I am not advocating either way on the use of these devices. Rather, I feel that there are significantly greater issues for elected members of Congress to focus and resolve for our nation. Simply put, congressional members should do their job and leave the influence of those media

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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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