Should vaping be banned? San Francisco has banned the sale of e-cigarettes. Earlier this week, Governor Charles Baker of Massachusetts called for a four month ban on all vaping products. So have a few other municipalities. The sale of flavored e-cigarettes was discontinued by Juul – the e-cigarette maker – about a year ago. Yet the CDC has posited that e-cigarettes may be as much as 95% safer than combustible cigarettes. And vaping decreases nicotine addiction. So what’s the issue?
There have been 7 deaths in America linked to e-cigarettes (perhaps because of unauthorized additives). Many others have gotten sick. And some young people are vaping – especially the flavored vaping products.
I’m not a fan of vaping. Or smoking. But the CDC acknowledges 480,000 deaths annually from smoking including 41,000 deaths from secondhand smoke. I can see having strict regulation of vaping (and elimination of “flavors”). But smoking still seems to be an elephant wandering around the room . . . . .