There is a new haze on the horizon and it is not pollution from factories, chimneys, or BBQ grills. Nor does this haze refer to those sultry August days where the temperature is 110 degrees in the shade, at 8pm. People of the world, this little doodad is reusable, rechargeable, fat-free, flavor free, $20.00 not free. Now, no pushing please, but stand to your feet and welcome in the newest invention since sliced bread, E-cigarettes.
The American Association Control Center is warning the number of poisoning cases among children who come in contact with the liquid nicotine, which is the main ingredient in E-cigarettes, has increased dramatically. Whether ingested or absorbed through the skin, even small doses of the liquid nicotine can be fatal. Exposure can induce vomiting or even seizures.
Smokers of the world insist that there is a difference between regular cigarettes and the new cigarette. But for the ex-smoker and non-smoker, a cigarette is a cigarette, is a cigarette plain and simple. It can be likened to the following: If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it is a duck. It can be nothing else. E-cigarettes are nothing more than an electronic glorified version of the original cancer stick. The representative on the T.V. commercial for Blu E-cigarettes said: It is time to take the freedom to smoke back! Do they really have to take their freedom back, or do they mean it is time to take back their right to smoke where they want when they want and in whoever’s face they want?
Does the Constitution say that smoking is a right? Does it not say, we hold these truths be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by the creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Does it say anywhere that smoking is a right whether it is a regular cigarette or an E-cigarette? Now, unless Happiness is a secret code word for smoking is a right, then the nonsmokers need to keep their mouth shut about the entire smoking issue. If someone wants to desecrate their body, so be it. But they should try to have some consideration to the non-smokers and ex-smokers of the world. It is unfair for the minority to act as though they are the majority and insist that they are going to smoke where they want to and there’s not a damn thing the non-smoker and the ex-smoker can do about it!!
The others in this world also have a right. A right to insist that smokers blow their fumes whether it be in E-cigarette vapor form or in the odor the ex- and non-smokers have come to loathe in some other direction. It is the right thing to do. Whether or not E-cigarettes are the next big thing or the best thing to have come along since sliced bread, the ex- and non-smoker will say nothing for the moment. The new haze on the horizon whether it be E-cigarettes or the real thing, it is still an eye-watering, stomach-churning irritant that needs to go away and never return.
Opinion by John Thomas
American Association Control Center
Blu E-cigarette commercial