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NYC Health Officials Want To Ban E-Cigarettes

From the Associated Press:

NYC Council considers electronic cigarette ban

December 4, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers who say electronic cigarettes helped them quit smoking asked city lawmakers at a hearing on Wednesday not to ban the nicotine inhalers from restaurants, workplaces and other indoor spaces, saying there isn’t enough evidence they pose a health risk to justify their exclusion.

"They have been instrumental, for me, to remain smoke free," said Andrew Martin, an 18-year-old who said he took up smoking cigarettes at age 16. He also groused that he didn’t believe public health experts who warned that the inhalers, which often look just like real cigarettes, might be dangerous.

How stupid these people are. The city health officials and Mayor Bloomberg De Blasio know what is best for them.

"These people would try to get you to prohibit penicillin … if there was grant money in it."

Couldn’t the same thing could be said about the ‘scientists’ who are paid to promote the global warming hoax?

Public health officials have asked the City Council to enact legislation that would add e-cigs to the 12-year-old law that drove smokers out of the city’s taverns, nightclubs and office buildings, and forced them to satisfy their nicotine habits on the frigid (or broiling) sidewalks…

"Waiting to act could jeopardize the progress we’ve made in the last 12 years," said the city’s health commissioner, Dr. Thomas Farley. He also said that electronic cigarettes make enforcement of the rules against tobacco smoking more difficult, since the two products look so much alike.

Er, marijuana joints also look like cigarettes. But NYC doesn’t want to ban them.

Farley added that too little was known about electronic cigarettes to say whether they are safe to use, or whether they actually help people quit smoking for good.

So he doesn’t know if they are unsafe or not, but he wants to ban them, anyway.

The hearing featured entrepreneurs who have invested in e-cigarette companies, advocacy groups that argued both for and against the proposed ban, and so called "vapers," or people who have traded lungfuls of tobacco smoke for the less odorous puffs of vaporized liquid nicotine given off by the battery-powered electronic cigarettes.

Some puffed on the devices as they testified, and talked about how much healthier they have felt since giving up tobacco.

Health advocates have raised concerns that the inhalers, which have soared in popularity, can get people hooked on nicotine just like cigarettes, and might be taken up by people who have never smoked before, rather than only people trying to quit.

And never mind that they don’t have any actual proof of that. They don’t need proof. They just feel it must be true.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, December 5th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “NYC Health Officials Want To Ban E-Cigarettes”

  1. Reminds of a Tom Lehrer song, the lyrics of which included “don’t drink the water, don’t breathe the air ..”

  2. bousquem25

    So what’s next, banning tobacco completely from city limits? How about having the food police searching the entire city and banning anything the food nazi’s think is unhealth/not organic/not overpriced.

  3. Rusty Shackleford

    I said it years ago when capt jerk-wad got elected; “The uber-lefty nutjobs are going to feel empowered and come out of the woodwork to ‘fight’ for the green/nanny-state agenda.”

    So here we are. It’s bad enough for a guy who likes to build plastic models that they prohibit the shipping of enamel paints to certain locations (fortunately, I am unaffected by this) but they get their “feel-good” attitdue into ever aspect of things that a normal person wouldn’t spend a minute of thought on.

    It’s maddening and I suppose the only corrollary I can think of is in the military, the base advisory council that comes up with how to control people in the base exchange and/or why things need to be modified to suit certain needs. Things not normally under the purvue of regulation or direct control, but things like how the stoplights on the base need to be timed or where a stop sign needs to be installed.

    Fine for the military. But I’m a US citizen with the right to pursue happiness in my own way thankyouverymuch, provided it doesn’t interfere with someone else’s rights. IOW, my love of loud music shouldn’t be heard by my neighbors.

    A person’s love of smoking shouldn’t have to be smelt by fellow diners, etc. I was a fan of the smoking sections….But as is always illustrated by the control-freaks in our society, that wasn’t good enough. Has to be BANNED from all public places (“for the churlren”).

    The other feature of this is that people who get elected, like obama, inc. have no real skills but think that by creating legislation that controls others, they have been “succcessful”. Since they don’t actually know what work is, or how to start, undertake and complete a task, they think they are “very busy” people by setting agendas and letting their minions administer all that.

    Obviously, I’ve always detested control freaks. The guy who tells me I can’t burn leaves today….the guy at the boat ramp who notices my registration sticker is smeared and so may others who have nothing better to do but to pick apart what other people are “doing wrong”.

    Like Willie Nelson says, “Why doncha mind yer own business and you won’t be mindin’ mine”.

  4. canary

    Heavy traffic of liberals banning E Cigarettes nation wide makes you wonder.




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