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NYC Mayor Michael “Nanny” Bloomberg is leaving office next week by striking back at the voters he hates the most — smokers. Like a woman scorned, Bloomberg is using his last 12-days as Mayor to punish many of the NYC voters who helped give him three-terms in office. Bloomberg is doing this by banning the use of e-cigs indoors and wherever else tobacco products are banned.
Thanks Mikey…nothing like showing appreciation for some of the hundreds of thousands of NYer’s who supported you all these years.
The absurd reasoning behind Bloomberg’s discourse for e-cigs is that they are unhealthy and promote cigarette smoking – especially among teenagers and young children. Although research shows this is not true, and the opposite, he insists that if it looks like a real cigarette then it must be treated as one – even if it has no tobacco or smoke.
If it quacks like a duck…then it is a duck…right?
Although the dangers of e-cigs are clear – they contain varying levels of nicotine – there still is no proof that they promote cigarette smoking among teenagers and young adults.
The latest study done by the American Association for Cancer Research showed that out of 1,300 college students surveyed, only 43-students reported that e-cigs were the reason they started smoking. Ironically, out of those 43-students, only 1-student was actively smoking any tobacco product at all when researchers followed up with them.
Another report done this summer at Drexel University by Dr. Igor Burstyn, found “that there is no evidence that vaping produces inhalable exposures. ..that would warrant health concerns by the standards that are used to ensure safety of workplaces.”
In addition to the many studies and reports like the two above, the medical profession has refused to come out publicly and officially say that e-cigs promotes the use of tobacco or other tobacco-related products.
Bloomberg and anti-smoking activists, however, disagree. Christine Quinn, who is the Council Speaker in NYC, said, “Because many of the e-cigarettes are designed to look like cigarettes and be used just like them, they can lead to confusion or confrontation.”
So what councilwoman Quinn is saying is that people are too stupid or blind to see the difference between a real cigarette and an electronic one. Even though an e-cig has no smoke or smoke odor people are going to get confused when they see the tip of an e-cig light up.
Score zero for councilwoman Quinn’s confidence in the comprehension and visual abilities of her fellow NYer’s.
In a recent debate in NYC’s City Hall on e-cigs, Dr. Gilbert Ross, who is the executive director of the American Council on Science and Health, said, “e-cigarettes have the potential to be a public health miracle.” He testified that e-cigs offer the best known alternative to helping smokers kick the habit.
Nevertheless, NYC has gone ahead with the ban. For health-crazed warrior “Nanny” Bloomberg, it is his last and greatest victory in office.
The new law in NYC is another example for how NYer’s and citizens across America are quickly having their rights taken away for no reason. Politicians and the special interest groups who shine their shoes will stop at nothing to get what they want – even when this includes banning products that are safe.
When politicians like “Nanny” Bloomberg impose their personal will upon the masses, and use their millions of dollars to influence regulations and ordinances that take away people’s rights – then it is time for Americans to step up and make some serious changes.
“The government of the people, by the people, for the people,” must come first…not the personal wishes of a selective few.
Joseph E. Rathjen is an Opinion Writer at 1World Online – America’s Fastest Growing Social Research Engine.