Minnesota. The state where everything that isn’t mandatory, is banned.
Or at least someone will be busy trying to ban it.
Phyillis (who else?) Kahn is tackling Big Flavored Water, and the scourge of second-hand water vapor:
The bill would mean you could not use an e-cigarette in indoor buildings or public spaces that ban smoking, just like traditional cigarettes.
E-cigarettes have exploded in popularity. So far, there have been no conclusive medical studies on their health impact and that has e-cigarette fans saying let’s wait before we put on any restrictions.
There is no evidence that they harm even the consumer (at a level beyond that caused by coffee or energy beverages, to say nothing of alcohol), much less anyone else.
And people enjoy them – which, in Minnesota, is a big red flag:
Since she opened her e-cigarette shop in Uptown, Sina War, an ex-smoker herself, has seen a surge in business.
“Electronic cigarettes allows me to have the same habits and allow me to cut the nicotine level down,” War said.
War says Rep. Phyllis Kahn’s bill will hurt those trying to quit traditional smoking.
“Having her include this in the clean air act makes electronic cigarette smokers who use this to quit smoking, go back to where they were 10 months back,” War said.
But it’s for your own good! Because the DFL cares!
Kahn says she is concerned about the explosion in popularity of e-cigarettes.
“They are everywhere. Now, just think were they are going to be a year from now,” Kahn said. “Just remember, we are not banning it. We are just regulating it the same way cigarettes are.”
“Just think were they are going to be a year from now”
Enjoying flavored water vapor and, maybe, quitting smoking?
I suspect tobacco tax revenue is playing its role.
(Title courtesy Gary Miller)