Letters to the Editor

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Tag: smoking ban

May
16th

SMOKING: Burden of proof is on regulators

Re: “If e-cigarettes aren’t harmful, then prove it” (Viewpoint, 5-13).

I find it surprising that a person of Dr. Anthony Chen’s education is so unclear on burden of proof. Of course, the burden of proof that a regulation is necessary is on the regulator.

There is evidently no data on the safety of vaping; otherwise he would have presented it. Without evidence, he is trying to protect us from an imaginary or, at best, potential danger.

May
11th

SMOKING: Cigar bar bill threatens our health

In 2005, voters in all 39 Washington counties voted to pass Initiative 901, our clean indoor air law. Since that time, the state of Washington has had one of the most effective clean indoor air laws in the country. Together, we have saved lives by eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke in public places.

Now the supporters of Senate Bill 5542 are poised to change all that. They want to weaken our clean indoor act by allowing exemptions for cigar bars and cigar retailers. These businesses would pay a fee to allow smoking within their establishments, once again exposing employees to

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May
6th

SMOKING: Keep Washington smoke-free

As a former smoker and heart attack survivor, I am appalled that the tobacco lobby is again gaining a voice with our state elected officials. SB 5542 will allow smoking back into 600 stores and restaurants, putting hundreds of workers at risk by exposing them to dangerous secondhand smoke in order to earn a paycheck.

Didn’t we, in 2005, vote statewide to pass Initiative 901, the clean indoor air law? This was passed by an overwhelming majority.

The current state budget proposal from the Senate not only eliminates funding for tobacco prevention, they are actually funding tobacco cessation through licensing

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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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