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Utah lawmakers look to regulate child access to e-cigarettes

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  • JeffP Whittier, CA
    May 15, 2013 11:35 p.m.

    This is one of the least factual, most misleading articles I've ever read on 'vaping'. "Mist Sticks"? No one on any planet has ever referred to these as "Mist Sticks" besides this writer. 'Vapes', 'e-cigs' maybe, but this just emphasizes and underlines how misguided the writer is.
    Electronic Cigarettes are regulated just as regular cigarettes are. E-cigs (I'm not crazy about that name, but hey, let's use it) have helped thousands of people quit smoking. They have helped ME quit smoking. I'm going to live longer because of these. This writer criticized chewing tobacco as being marketed to kids as candy...WHERE??? Show me a place that markets chew as candy for kids and I'll light the first torch. That's wrong, it's illegal and I don't think it ever happened. I'm all for journalism, but it has to be tied to facts, not fancy.

  • Trick San Bruno, CA
    May 15, 2013 11:45 p.m.

    It is absolutely incomprehensible to me that Rep. Ray is willing to deceive people, and allow smokers to needlessly die, to push his anti-tobacco agenda. While it's admirable to want to see nicotine kept away from kids, it's certainly bad enough that he shouldn't have to lie to do it.

    Not only is it flatly untrue that e-cigarettes contain "the same toxic chemicals as cigarettes," but it's an even bigger lie to claim that they are marketed to hook kids on tobacco. They are marketed toward adults, many with the opposite intent: to get smokers to switch away from traditional cigarettes.

    E-cigarettes have the capability to save lives. In the ten years they've been available, e-cigarettes have killed nobody. Meanwhile, smoking has killed millions. For reasons I cannot comprehend, Ray seems to have made it a personal crusade to keep these lifesaving alternatives away from smokers, and he doesn't seem to care how many outrageous lies he has to tell, or how many people have to die, to do it. It's shameful.

  • RMONROE Pompton Plains/USA, NJ
    May 16, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    There is no question about the debate over keeping e-cigarettes out of the hands of minors. But to say you can't be seen in public places with them just because a minor might see you using them is ridiculous. If you are a business owner and you have a private establishment, why can't you make your own decision to allow e-cigarettes whether everywhere or in designated areas. If the products are ever proven to have adverse effects on the public then do what you must, but until then give it a break.

    Robert Monroe
    Halo Cigs

  • Trick San Bruno, CA
    May 18, 2013 6:39 p.m.

    JeffP -- I wrote an explanation of the "candy" thing, but apparently pointing out that a politician has been lying is not allowed here, and my comment was rejected.

    The comment relates to Rep. Ray's campaign a few years back to ban Snus on the ground that they are "candy" and "marketed to children." Both claims are completely false, but apparently when even the papers are censoring those who try to tell the truth of the matter, it's no wonder he gets support.