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Yakima City Council Considering e-Cigarette Ban – Plans Public Hearing

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It’s hard to argue with the the mountain of evidence about the harmful effects of cigarettes and second-hand smoke.  But e-cigs only emit vapor.  So WHY is Yakima considering a ban?

Is it about stigma of people puffing away with it in their mouth?   Does the vapor offend others?

The Yakima City Council Tuesday will be holding a public meeting to discuss a potential ban on e-cigs in places where convention cigarettes are already illegal.

KNDO-TV in Yakima talked so a number of people, with varying opinions.  One pointed out the environmental impact is completely different with the vapor, no second-hand smoke, so why consider a ban?  Another felt it was the visual message that smoking even an e-cig sends – that it’s “ok”.

While we believe young people should be cautioned about the habit-forming practice of smoking even and e-cig, and the effects of nicotine on the body,  this is an interesting situation.

Does an e-cig ban go too far?  Is it infringing upon the rights of those who use them? I personally have never been keen on “big government” telling me what to do.  I am ok with conventional smoking restrictions, but people do have the right to smoke as long as they don’t infringe upon others.  Even more so with e-cigs.   While not all behavior is necessarily good for us,  we do have the right of CHOICE.

You’re not smart if you don’t wear a helmet while motorcycling by yourself,  but the government doesn’t have the right to tell you you HAVE to wear one.

This will be an interesting issue, because if a few cities pass such bans, watch for others to fall in line.

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