Just because e-cigarettes have a name in common with tobacco cigarettes, smoking one is not the same as smoking another. Everyone knows this but could some one break the news to anti-smokers?
There is now and always has been a major disconnect between anti-smokers and the real world. The passive smoke that made their ranting famous is forgotten when it comes to e-cigarettes. Early studies on the smoke by both tobacco companies and other researchers show the lack of toxic danger off the charts, but anti-smokers still want them banned. Why?
It is all about denormalizing smoking and smokers. Fine. Back in 1992, when anti-smoking first started gaining traction on public policy for smoking bans, if they would have said what they say now “We are trying to make smoking a anti-social behavior” they would have been dismissed as the control freaks that they really are.
Instead they invented a health scare. The dangers of passive smoke.
Here are some of the facts:
1.There has never been medical evidence of a real death ever documented to the stated passive smoke danger. Tens of thousands every year are claimed.
2. A ban on indoor or out door smoking, with such a small relative risk ignores that people have immune systems that can handle small risks. Medical and public health experts know this, so why do they let this stand?
3. The most basic part of a science debate is the debate itself. Anyone who would disagree on the dangers of passive smoke had their integrity and motives challenged, and no one was held accountable if they broke the rules of good scientific integrity. Why have rules if they are not enforced?
Some people like smoke free environments and praise regulators for creating it. But what they did to science without realizing it was giving regulators the power to “fake” the science and invite anarchy into the important job of managing our affairs honestly. Junk science considered as facts does just that.
When you stop to consider that the claimed dangers of passive smoke was what got tobacco control started, and now the lack of dangers from e-cigarettes don’t even matter.
It would seem that anti-smokers are more worried about loosing their power to dictate public policy on smoking than excepting technology’s answer to safer cigarette, and treating it accordingly.
E-cigarettes gives anti smokers almost everything that they said they wanted, and then they ignore it. To them it is still a cigarette, and their job is to regulate and ban it. They can’t handle the truth that things have changed and THEY may be regulated into yesterday’s news.
All their talk of bans, taxes and regulation is meaningless. That is if the real world matters.
president and founder,
Smokers Fighting Discrimination, Inc.,