This issue has already been discussed at length, and there's no need to be too repetitive. But let's look briefly at the arguments the bill's proponents are making in favor of the public ban on e-cigs.
According to the Desert News, "Manufacturers of electronic cigarettes claim the battery-powered device is safer than cigarettes, which use tobacco. However, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, e-cigarettes contain harmful levels of nicotine." False. The amount of nicotine contained in the glycerin-based solution used in e-cigs is comparable to the amount found in traditional cigarettes. In great enough amounts, nicotine is indeed toxic. But e-cig users are unlikely to experience any harm, because that usually requires multiple sources of nicotine. The Food and Drug Administration has also cautiously concluded that the devices are safer than cigarettes.
More to the point, a clinical trial in BMC Public Health concluded that e-cigs can help smokers reduce or eliminate their tobacco consumption "... without causing significant side effects."
E-cigs could save a lot of lives. And it's time anti-smoking advocates begin endorsing their use as a way to get smokers off tobacco, which actually does kill people.
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