Protecting children at heart of E-cigarette bill

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  • PunkJones Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 7:08 p.m.

    This sounds like our legislature is being reactionary and acting without all the information. I am not a smoker, and I believe in clean-air legislation that regulates and even prohibits second-hand smoke. It has been proven to be dangerous because of the tobacco and other elements (tar) that come with it. E-cigarettes are NOT tobacco products. They contain ZERO tobacco.

    Nicotine is an addictive chemical compound, but every study I have seen reports it to be harmless to your health unless consumed in extremely large quantities. It is a healthier alternative to smoking and because it mimics the other physical habits of smoking, is a better alternative than nicotine patches for those who want to quit.

    If second-hand vapor is dangerous to others and infringes on their health, then restrict it—but preliminary reports is that is not. Testing vapor compounds is also an easy test to perform by most professional lab technicians. I fear that we are banning (or trying to tax) something just because it “looks” unhealthy. Legislators should not be too quick to push the control button.

  • 1conservative WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 3:12 p.m.

    Its been particularly hilarious watching our esteemed State legislators try to wrestle with this issue for the last couple of years.

    To coin an old phrase: "sorry guys the train has ALREADY left the station".

    HOW are you proposing to actually enforce internet sales of this product? Check with UPS BEFORE you start opening all their packages please.

    If kids are using them in school, it sounds like they have a discipline problem in school, but they're NOT going to keep kids from getting them.

    I strongly suspect that the Legislature can't figure out a good way to tax them (assuming they even know what they are)therefore, they MUST stop all sales until a "revenue stream" can be had.

    As to the in-state manufacturers (I didn't even know we had any)I was always under the impression that we WANTED new business.
    Apparentally the State legislature must LIKE your product before you are allowed to employ people building it?

    I'm a conservative, but I get a little embarassed by our legislature ALWAYS trying to tax, regulate, control everything they ever hear of.
    Especially when what they are proposing won't work!