After facing decades of derision and finding fewer and fewer locations in which they can light up, many smokers have compromised and switched to electronic cigarettes. The smoke-free alternatives have gained popularity in recent years and have allowed individuals to receive a nicotine fix while not offending those nearby.
While the product appears to be a win-win for all involved, one man obsessed with regulating everything in his path has set his sights on the battery-operated cylinders, which release harmless water vapor instead of smoke.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York City Health Committee are proposing several pieces of legislation that would mire the industry in red tape.
E-cigarettes, as they’re known, would be considered tobacco under one ordinance (even though they contain no tobacco); and further regulation would prevent retailers from displaying the products.
Furthermore, only tobacco bars would be allowed to sell flavored cartridges. Such bars in the city, by the way, are limited to the number that were open in 2001 — long before e-cigarettes were on the market.
Boston University School of Public Health professor Dr. Michael Siegel classified the sum of these ordinances as “a de facto ban on electronic cigarettes,” explaining that city legislators were “basically telling a bunch of ex-smokers to go back to cigarettes.”
Radical regulators on the other coast are considering similar ordinances as Californians might soon face new hurdles between themselves and e-cigarettes.
For the megalomaniacs in charge of blue states across America, no amount of power will satiate their desire. These leftist nannies will create any excuse to unilaterally rule a product or action unacceptable and, when industrious individuals dare develop an alternative, similarly target it for eradication.
By comparing America to oppressive, totalitarian regimes throughout the world, it is easy to describe it as a free nation. When juxtaposed with the liberties afforded in the U.S. Constitution, though, it is abundantly obvious we are far from where we should be.
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