Joining lawmakers, students rally against e-cigarettes

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  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    Feb. 18, 2016 4:09 p.m.

    Fitness Freak
    Salt Lake City, UT

    Diabetes causes about 70,000 deaths each year. Cigarettes cause about 480,000 death each year by smokers, and an additional 42,000 deaths each year from second hand smoke. I am not aware of anyone getting diabetes from standing next to someone drinking pop. The E-Cig is new, little is know of its long term effects to those smoking and those around those smoking. I simply would not trust a group that has historically made a profit selling a toxic product that they know kills their customers and covered it up as long as they could get away with it.

  • shabam Ogden, UT
    Feb. 18, 2016 12:04 p.m.

    There goes that smaller govt intrusions at work on your tax dollars.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 18, 2016 10:26 a.m.

    I agree with other commenters.

    Nanny state run amok!!

    I wonder if they teach them anything at all in public schools about just ACCEPTING others (and their habits), without trying to be health policemen?

    BTW - the kids SHOULD be rallying against soda pop (assuming they get out of school anyway), soda pop being at least as dangerous to long-term health as e cigs.

    Problem is; they all ENJOY soda, therefore they won't touch that issue with a "ten foot pole".

  • tennerifa Orem, UT
    Feb. 18, 2016 8:29 a.m.

    Oh this is great. We get a bunch of young people, who have no real world experience, rallying against a legal, but admittedly nasty, product. Seems like their greatest reward will be their picture in the local newspaper.
    Hey kids: here`s an idea, if you think e cigarettes are bad, then don`t use them, simple as that. I strongly suspect that this group will grow up to be the same Republican legislators we now have trying to impose the nanny state on us.

  • Lolly Lehi, UT
    Feb. 18, 2016 8:25 a.m.

    Some of the responses are toward the amazing side. If this activity helps them avoid the habit, then it was worthwhile for them to be at the Legislature. Nicotine is not a gateway drug but smoking is since I had 5 friends in high school who took it up. 2 died of lung cancer before they were age 45, but all began drinking alcohol and all came from wonderful homes and never voiced any negatives. They just made bad choices and I believe that making right choices is what these students are trying to demonstrate.

    Incidentally, I don't think they are brain washed nor will they be able to vote on either floor during this session.

    P.S. There are school classes at the Legislature every day during the Legislature and like these in the article, they are not skipping school.

  • environmental idiot Sanpete, UT
    Feb. 18, 2016 6:52 a.m.

    An interesting nation we are developing. Ban cigarettes, legalize marijuana (and I'm not taking about medical cannabis-oil).

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    Feb. 18, 2016 5:08 a.m.

    "Hyde said his friend soon became addicted to nicotine and went on to try harder drugs."

    I don't think nicotine is a "gateway drug" as suggested here, but it IS a drug and, like other drugs used by children, use is a form of self-medication in response to an underlying problem. So if you see a kid smoking anything, view it as a red flag about his/her circumstances rather than his/her character.

  • HappyHeathen Puyallu, Wa.
    Feb. 18, 2016 4:44 a.m.

    When you see the kinds of adverse chemicals in these e-cigarettes it is understandable people would come to rally against them.

  • Mr. Investigator South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 18, 2016 2:59 a.m.

    Smog.

  • Pig Frizzle Tremonton, UT
    Feb. 17, 2016 11:48 p.m.

    So children can be used as political pawns?

    There is an advertisement, for the teachers union, where the teacher lists out the reasons for joining ... One reason was 'Social Justice', I believe that using these children for this purpose is starting them down that path.

    For years they tried to ban smoking, limiting where you could smoke, raising taxes 'for the children' from sales, social engineering by ostracizing those that smoke, second-hand smoke kills all that see it, etc. ... So the smoking industry & smokers changed to a 'vapor cigarette', but now that is not good enough, now the progressives want to do what they have done before, but changed for e-cigs.

    So they lied, it was never about public health, it was only about the habit/action.

    AIMHO

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 17, 2016 9:38 p.m.

    It is disgusting to see school children being indoctrinated and coerced into "astro turf" groups pushing the left's agenda.

    It is even worse that they are then carted off to the Capitol to be used as props for photo ops, in stead of being in class.

    We are told we don't spend enough on education, but every dime spent for salaries, buses, drivers and fuel costs is a total waste and reduced the funds available for actual instruction in the subjects mandated by law.

    Who is behind these supposedly "student" groups? You know they did not form spontaneously and all skip school and figure out how to get to the Capitol.

  • FanOfTheSith Vernal, UT
    Feb. 17, 2016 9:23 p.m.

    "Turn of the tides" at work here. I think the youth and young adults are going to be involve in the political process in days ahead. This upcoming election is going to see a big turn out for the young generation. The Candidates need to appeal to them.