Second-hand water vapor? The war against electronic cigarettes.

Below is a post regarding recent e-cigarette regulations from The Politically Incorrect Libertarian Blog. I think it does a good job highlighting the absurdity of some of the recent hysteria surrounding e-cigarettes. With stars such as Katherine Heigl and Johnny Depp smoking e-cigarettes, hopefully enough awareness can be raised in order to finance medical studies in to determine exactly how safe e-cigarettes are in comparison to traditional tobacco cigarettes.

An electronic cigarette

Imagine, a tobaccoless cigarette that delivers nicotine in the form of water vapor. No second hand smoke, no stinky clothes, no annoying people with asthma coughing, and no violation of any smoking laws. You’d think the anti-smokers would be embracing it, right? Not quite.

“The New York State Assembly has voted overwhelmingly 125-0 to ban e-cigarettes [e-cigs]; a product which has already been banned in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Israel, Mexico, and New Zealand, restricted in Finland, Malaysia, and Singapore, pending restriction in the UK as a drug, and the subject of law suits by attorneys general in several states, says public interest law professor John Banzhaf, Executive Director of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH).”

Yet normal people, that is anyone who’s not a politician, tend to disagree. Look at this response:

“There’s no evidence that people don’t quit smoking tobacco by switching to e-cigs? There’s an entire online community of e-cig smokers, with testimonials on how they haven’t touched a cigarette since switching. I’m one of them! So I know there are people who have switched, which means that since the FDA is saying there is no evidence to support this, they haven’t done any serious research. And if they haven’t done any serious research on behavior associated with e-cig smokers, then they probably haven’t done any serious research on how safe or unsafe they are. So they’re going ahead and banning based on what? Hearsay? The fears of certain interested parties losing tax revenue?

One thing is for certain, they ARE NOT doing this because they care about our health. Makes you wonder whether regular cigarettes are as bad as they claim, or what kinds of back-room deals the anti-smoking movement has made with the enemy just to further their agenda. This is all very shady, and is revealing some truths about the government that I didn’t want to believe were true.”

Why ban the e-cigarette and not the nicotine gum, the nicotine inhaler, the nicotine patch or the nicotine lozenge? The fact that some e-cigarettes contain no nicotine doesn’t seem to bother these people. Sometimes the excuse is that e-cigarettes look too much like real cigarettes:

“The King County Board of Health passed a controversial proposal Thursday that bans the public use of electronic cigarettes, despite protests that the battery-powered, nicotine-delivery sticks emit no second-hand smoke and are often used for harm reduction.

The measure is not a complete ban on e-cigarettes. Rather, it prohibits e-cigarette smoking in the same places where real smoking is forbidden by the state, such as restaurants, bars and workplaces.”

Perhaps they should call it “second-hand sight” since apparently just seeing anything that looks like a cigarette upsets these people.

“I would like to see us protect those public places and places of employment from the image of someone sitting at their desk with something that looks identical to a cigarette and puffing on it,” she said. “That is a very powerful subliminal message.”

Is she kidding us? An e-cigarette doesn’t even burn, it doesn’t even create ash, doesn’t even stink. She might as well ban people from wearing white after Labor Day or perhaps pass a fashion ordinance banning public exposure of tattoos.

The reality is that e-cigarettes are not the enemy, if millions of smokers were to discover the convenience of a nicotine delivery device that lets you inhale, exhale, see a water vapor that resembles smoke yet not suffer any of the drawbacks of tobacco perhaps many of them could quit and second-hand smoke would become a thing of the past.