Europe takes smart step in regulating e-cigarettes

  • Article by: Ed , New York Times
  • Updated: October 20, 2013 - 6:00 PM

This despite tobacco companies' lobbying to dilute the new rules.

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phatcatpatOct. 21, 13 7:32 AM

Governments say nicotine is addictive. Governments are addicted to the taxes generated by cigarette sales. Everyone agrees that electronic cigarettes are not a health concern. Not all electronic cigarettes contain nicotine and those that do release none in the exhaled air of the user. So, why do governments want to control electronic cigarettes? Probably because they want to tax them like cigarettes. After all, government is addicted to money and they will stop at nothing to get their fix.

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davehougOct. 21, 1311:40 AM

But they did vote to confine their sale to adults and applied the same marketing and advertising rules to these products that apply to conventional cigarettes = = = Most folks see this as reasonable. However, what logic forbids adults vaping inside public spaces? No second-hand health danger exists, so on what basis does government ban vaping inside?

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davehougOct. 21, 1311:41 AM

If the standard is "We don't know it is safe", have you ever seen the list of chemicals in a cup of coffee :)

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jd55604Oct. 21, 1312:23 PM

E-cigarettes are a tax delivery system that injects money into the addict known as big government. Many people believe it's ok to steal certain people's money if they do things that the majority finds sinful. A sin doesn't have to be when someone initiates force against others (murder, rape, theft, etc.). When it comes to big government, a sin can simply be an activity enjoyed by 49% of the populace that in no way harms others.

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