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Counties crack down on e-cigarettes

Original post made on Mar 27, 2014

Smoking e-cigarettes is getting harder to do in parts of the Bay Area after the San Francisco and Santa Clara County boards of supervisors approved restrictions on the devices on Tuesday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, March 27, 2014, 10:51 AM

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Posted by Jim Neal
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 27, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Jim Neal is a registered user.

This just goes to prove what I have been saying all along about bans. Most are not based in any way on scientific data, they are based on the personal dislikes of whomever happens to be in office at the time and are done for financial reasons or the desire to control people or both!

Bans on smoking are said to be for health reasons. For E-cigarettes, there is no proof of harm to the user and no effects from second-hand vapor inhalation. This is your nanny-state in action! Banning a LEGAL product because they don't like the 'image' it presents.

These are the same people that want to ban video games because the claim the games make people violent. The fact is that people should be allowed to make their own choices on how they want to live their lives and should be held accountable if they do harm to others.

Jim Neal
Candidate, Mountain View City Council
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Posted by MV Voter
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 27, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Here's one vote Jim Neal will not be getting..........mine!

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Posted by PeaceLove
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 27, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Mr. Neal is correct. Bans on E-cigs are a knee-jerk response to a potentially life-saving technology.

Tobacco cigarettes contain 600 additives, which create 4000-7000 chemicals when burned (estimates vary). At least 69 are known to cause cancer.

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E-cigs do not involve combustion, hence the vapor (not smoke) does not contain any of those 4-7000 chemicals. No one but an idiot (or an E-cig rep) is arguing that E-cigs are entirely safe for the user but they are clearly 1000% less toxic than cigarettes, and arguably completely safe for non-users exposed to the vapor (especially outdoors in parks).

I personally know two lifelong cigarette addicts who have almost completely eliminated their smoking habit by replacing it with E-cigs. The nicotine addiction remains but the truly odious toxic soup of cigarette smoke is gone from their lives. Their health has improved noticeably.

E-cigs represent an existential threat to Big Tobacco. Cigarette companies and pharmaceutical companies who benefit from sales of nicotine patches & gum want to see E-cigs go away. Plus, as stated in the article, bans on E-cigs harm medical cannabis users, many of whom find these portable vaporizing systems a godsend that allows them to manage serious ailments on the go and thus live a normal life.

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Posted by Hmm
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 27, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Interesting, Cigarettes did not cause the oldest proven lady in the world, Jeanne Calments any problems and she lived till 122 yrs old. It's in the guinness book of records. The lady following her as the oldest person to live was also a smoker, she lived till 114.

Whats this mean? It means that this anti-tobacco industry doesn't know a damn thing when it comes to tobacco. It's just plane simple prejudice against smokers.

If someone is destined to die from cancer they will die from cancer, whether they smoke or not.

For more info on Centurians smokers that lived a long life go to,

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Posted by Lady Jane
a resident of North Whisman
on Mar 27, 2014 at 10:12 pm

I'm a lot more worried about TCE contamination.

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Posted by Otto Maddox
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 28, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Oh you all missed the most important part.

eCigs could encourage kids to start smoking.

You always have to think of the kids. If this stop just one kid from smoking it will be worth it.

Just one kid.. that's all it takes to lose your freedom.

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Posted by steve
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 31, 2014 at 2:40 pm

@MV Voter: No one cares

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