A Cranky Opinion for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of a cranky old man with minimal knowledge of the subject opined. Opposing opinions are welcome. They are wrong, but welcome. As always, please, no name calling, and that goes for you, you big stupid-head!
I have read several news stories of various groups wanting to ban e-cigarette use indoors, to restrict sales, and to heavily tax their use. They are claiming that e-cigarettes are a gateway drug to smoking which is a gateway drug to pot which is a gateway drug to crack which is really bad stuff. They claim e-cigarettes are targeting young people. They claim that e-cigarette vapor contains toxic chemicals and traces of nicotine. All of this sounds really bad.
I disagree on the gateway drug status. Cigarettes are addicting and horrible for your health. Cigarettes bad! But e-cigarettes a gateway drug? They are a replacement to cigarettes, and probably harmful, but not as harmful as cigarettes. I think the ultimate gateway drug is library paste. Everyone I ever knew who ate library paste in kindergarten ended up smoking cigarettes and ultimately ended up as crack addicts. Ban library paste. Library paste bad!
If the e-cigarette people are targeting young people, stop it. The product does have nicotine and nicotine bad!
Does the e-cigarette vapor contain toxic chemicals and traces of nicotine? Maybe, though the chemicals are not named. I would like to see people with colds or the flu being banned from exhaling indoors. I would rather live in e-cigarette vapor than take a single whiff of cold or flu phlegm.
E-cigarettes are not good for you. Neither are nicotine gums or nicotine patches. They do help people quit smoking. They helped me quit smoking. The patch sucked. The gum sucked. The e-cigarette allowed me to quit cold turkey and if I was about to hit the wall I could take a little drag to help me get by. Without it I might have bummed a butt and then broken down and bought a pack and once you do that you are done; cold turkey fail. The e-cigarettes are a crutch when you try and quit.
I am sure there are people who use the e-cigarette that have never smoked a cigarette. I have never known one, but they must exist. Everyone I have ever known to try the e-cigarette did so to replace the real thing.
I just have this sneaky feeling that the people who are disgusted with cigarettes see the e-cigarette as a “loop-hole” to traditional smoking and they don’t like it. They want smokers to quit and suffer. They feel smokers deserve to suffer. They must not be allowed an alternative. E-cigarettes bad!
Are they bad? Probably, but they are less bad, and they do not affect other people. Can you just throw smokers a bone? I know we all love to hate smokers, but there are other people and products to hate.
Hate sugar and sugar substitutes. Sugar is making people fat, giving people diabetes and costing the healthcare system a fortune. Soda companies target young people with this poison. Sugar is addictive! Oh yes it is! It probably kills more people than cigarettes. Sugar bad!
Hate legalized gambling. Gambling ruins thousands of lives every day. It ruins the life of the addicted gambler and the lives of everyone who has a connection to the addict. Legalized gambling bad!
Hate plastic surgery. Just watch any of the Bravo “Housewives” TV shows and you will know…Plastic surgery bad!
Hate booze. Booze is the gateway to stupidity. Booze bad!
Hate hate! Hate people that hate. Read the news, hate is the greatest cause of misery in this world. Hate bad!
E-cigarettes are not good for you, but they are better than the alternative and they help many people kick a nasty habit. Leave them along. Hate the other stuff.
The preceding has been the opinion of a cranky old man, and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.