Jun 19, 2014 - Dave Pickrell Katy, TexasEditor:
I have seen coverage in your newspaper of "e-cigarettes." Here comes the sound of anti-smokers talking about the harms of e-cigarettes, you know, the ones that burn no tobacco, only heat up a solution containing nicotine. No harms are known either to the smoker or anyone close by but that still will not stop the shrill voice of the tobacco critic claiming regulation must be done to protect the public from the great unknown.
What part of "no danger" don't you understand?
What cancer is to a healthy body is the same as a regulator is to a healthy nation that wants to do it's job or live it's life and be left alone from a bully, disguised as a public servant.
Even the harms of passive smoking were manufactured by public health. A claim of danger brought about by junk science brought in over a billion dollars over the last 20 years of public health (taxpayer) and other special interest monies. The tobacco settlement brought in 100's of Billions. Would ongoing paydays like this be an incentive to cook the books? What do you think?! It has been enough money to purchase a cultural shift in attitudes.
When critics complained they were always ignored, even when the most basic premise of science is the debate of the legitimacy of the claim. Why should e-cigarettes be any different? Junk science factories already have the gears humming because of the possible regulation by the FDA. The science of risk assessment has been corrupt and badly broken since the mid 80's and has been able to make up the rules of acceptable science as they went.
It is classic that e-cigarettes has given public health everything they said they wanted, smoke with no odor or effects to bystanders and much safer for smokers because they don't inhale anything burning to get nicotine. Are anti-smokers happy now? No. An e-cigarette legitimizes smoking again, and that scares anti-smokers to death. This means they will lose absolute control of the debate. It also means that things will become much better for smokers. Public health will improve and smokers may well be saved from illness by quitting regular cigarettes. It is a public health win-win for everyone who legitimately cares about social welfare. Many cities and states have banned them or are in the process of trying or taxing them like a tobacco cigarette, which is not in the real public interest. Real lives could be at stake.
The FDA is now taking public comment through July 9th about the possible regulation of e-cigarettes and it invites your comments. Go to www.regulations.gov and do a search for e-cigarette regulation by the FDA to leave a comment.
If public health is no longer interested in everyone's best interests, including smokers, it is time for massive layoffs so we can start over.
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