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July 1, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: E-cigarettes victim of anti-smoking rhetoric

STILLWATER, Okla. — Dave Pickrell

Katy, Texas

To the editor:

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?

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 hundreds 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.

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. 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.The FDA is now taking public comment through July 9 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.

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