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Are people in the US so conditioned against smoking they won’t even give quarter to e-cigarettes?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (21749 points ) 2 months ago

Are we in the US so indoctrinated against smoking that even when e-cigarettes or vaporizing is spoken of, many do not want them used in any place where tobacco smoking is banned without really knowing or understanding the difference; and much more, don’t care?

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kevbo's avatar

Big tobacco and the FDA don’t want it going mainstream from what I’ve heard.

talljasperman's avatar

I sense that the non smoker is still angry at having to breathe in the smoke and also the extra smoke breaks that workers who smoke get.

stanleybmanly's avatar

I think we’re involved in an experiment to see whether or not the things will catch on. When I think back, it really is amazing how quickly cigarette smoking fell to the level of regard normally reserved for child molestation. Just view an episode of Mad Men for a reminder as to just how ubiquitous smoking was in the good old days.

syz's avatar

The problem is that no one knows the possible negative effects or dangers of e-cigs, so being involuntarily exposed is still an issue (although certainly a less disgusting and stinking one).

KNOWITALL's avatar

Not all of us no. There are so many other real problems, some people need their ‘crutches’, makes them human.

johnpowell's avatar

I bought a e-cig and took it apart out of curiosity. It was pretty crazy. People wanting to do the same should really wear latex gloves. There is this fibrous material in there that is soaked in a brown goo. I touched it for around ten seconds and later my arms went numb for a few hours.

Buttonstc's avatar

Just because they are odorless does not necessarily mean they are harmless to the rest of the public.

Yes, obviously they are less harmful to the smoker, but there hasn’t really been adequate testing to ensure it’s not harmful to the rest of us.

In spite of all the restrictions of public spaces placed upon regular smokers, none of them have been irreparably harmed by that. They’re still blithely smoking away.

Until there is accurate and adequate proof that e-cigs are not harmful to non smokers, I don’t see any compelling reason for lifting any of the existing restrictions. Smokers are still thriving in spite of them. I see no useful purpose served by lifting any of them.

(And I don’t think the attitude toward smoking in general was that quick to turn around. I spent most of my life half choking to death and attempting to avoid cigarette smoke. To be able to enjoy eating dinner publicly without having tobacco smoke forced upon me is really quite recent and quite enjoyable. I see no reason to go backwards.

zenvelo's avatar

Indoctrinated? No.

Educated? Yes.

It’s a nicotine delivery system. It may not have tars from smoking, but it is still harmful. And you add flavored versions full of chemicals to be in vapor into one’s lungs and say it’s safe? No way.

And exhaling vaporized nicotine and other chemicals pollutes the general air.

Symbeline's avatar

In Montréal it’s a huge trend. I’m sure some non smokers take up ’‘vaping’’ just because they think it’s neat, and presumably harmless.
People do have the right to be wary, if it’s true that we don’t yet know the full effects of vaping. I mean, the exact same thing happened with cigarettes, didn’t it? It took a while for people to realize that tobacco was harmful. And that was before they started putting all sorts of shit in cigarettes.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@Buttonstc Just because they are odorless does not necessarily mean they are harmless to the rest of the public.
@zenvelo And exhaling vaporized nicotine and other chemicals pollutes the general air.
Sure there are some risks, you can’t erase that completely, and that is not the issue. However, if you want to play the ”Hazard Card”, let’s look at the logic. You can tell me that (let’s just throw a number out here) 18 million people vaporizing (even within feet of an entrance) is more of a risk to the public health wise than 4.7 billion vehicles on the road, many older pre1975 vehicles that pollute more; that is not even getting to jet skis, lawnmowers, construction vehicles, gas leaf blowers, etc.?

KNOWITALL's avatar

@Hc Such a great point. Gripe about smoking in your giant SUV…love it.

zenvelo's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central Separate issue. Get those gas guzzling global warming vehicles off the road. Mow your lawn with a push motor, use a rake on the leaves, and learn to swim instead of scaring the fish.

zenvelo's avatar

And then there’s this article.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@zenvelo Mow your lawn with a push motor, use a rake on the leaves, and learn to swim instead of scaring the fish.
Mow the lawn with a push mower? In this land where people will take a vehicle a quarter mile to the mall to get an ice cream as oppose to walking or riding a bike? You almost had me.

zenvelo's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central If they walked or used a push mower, they wouldn’t look like those women whose pictures you keep posting.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

^ AGREED! Huston we have consensus….. this could be scary to the Collective.

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