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Published: Thursday, Jan. 23 2014 6:39 p.m. MST

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Mark Jaye
St. George, UT

First of all, I'm not a smoker and never have been. So, I'm not out to protect my own interests. I am, however, against much of what Rep. Ray proposes in his upcoming legislation to regulate ecigs at the state level. No one wants children to use ecigs. That said, I do not think these ecig companies are marketing to children as Rep. Ray claims. I also do not agree that children that try ecigs will switch to the far more harmful burning tobacco of traditional cigarettes. I know many close friends who have dramatically improved their health by using ecigarettes and not one who has tried ecig and then gone on to smoke. Rep. Ray means well but I think his legislation will hurt the health of more people than it protects. Even Rep. Ray's own parents could have been spared smoking-related disease had ecigs been invented at the time his parents were smokers. Respectfully, a non-smoker.

Cache Kid
LOGAN, UT

The entire controversy over ecigs is based on the fact that millions of people are using them to quit smoking, INSTEAD of turning to nicotine gum, the patch, nicotine inhalers or drugs.

Follow the money.

You'll see that Ray's biggest contributors are BIG PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES that make and profit from these things.

The irony here, that if ecigs had been available to Ray's parents they'd still be alive and he wouldn't have had the health problems from their smoking, is just too stark to ignore as well.

Ray says he's fighting for health, but his laws make it harder for people to stop smoking... Go figure.

Inagaddadavegan
Ogden, UT

Sales of these products are already prohibited to minors. Kudos to Rep. Ray for vowing to do something that is already done, now how about talking to your kids about addictive substances?

Yes, adults like flavors. What do you expect, everything for adults should be cauliflower flavored? Oh snap. Lots of kids like cauliflower too. How about cardboard, then?

Fighting against vaping (I refuse to use the word "cigarette") is a fight for keeping people on tobacco. Indeed, the vaping community has beaten the smoking cessation industry at its own game as a grassroots movement. The government loses money when people quit smoking. Follow the money indeed, but don't follow those who only claim to care about public health.

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