Not being a smoker myself, I don't really have much first-hand knowledge about the new e-cigarettes. I do know that they're basically an odor-free nicotine delivery system designed to help smokers fulfill their cravings without the use of cancer-causing tobacco products.
Right now, they aren't included in Louisville's ordinance against smoking in public places. And while there are those who insist they should be, I'm reluctant to agree until I learn more.
But the state of Kentucky currently has no law banning the sale of these e-cigarettes to minors. Right now, any store that wishes to can sell these things – which offer flavors that include such kid-friendly choices as popcorn or bubble gum – to literally anyone. Even an eight year old! And even though there's no tobacco involved, that's just crazy.
These things are designed to deliver nicotine directly to the body. And nicotine is a poison – a deadly one if ingested in large enough doses. Plus, it's addictive. Do we really want to raise a generation of nicotine addicts who are simply likely to switch over to real tobacco as soon as they're old enough?
For now, I say let the adults who feel the need for e-cigarettes have them. But they're just one more attractive nuisance for kids. And they should be kept out of their hands.
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I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.