The struggling ANTZ (Anti-Nicotine and Tobacco Zealots) are failing in their attempt to pin their entire “ban E-cigs” argument on an ancient, half-assed study that kinda found traces of something in two or three E-cigarette cartridges (not clearomizers or separately bottled E-juices, I might add) that is also found in antifreeze, which is of course toxic to human beings… in much higher quantities. This highly questionable, high-school-freshman-caliber research project (non-honros class) is losing its actual effectiveness even on the dumbed down masses who live and breath by the meager intellectual sustenance provided by their smartphone’s news widget’s headlines… So, clutching at straws in a desperate attempt to slow their inevitable death-by-quick-sand-sinking, these ANTZ half-wits are trying a new approach. This time, they’ve decided to stoop to an appeal to emotion fallacy by dragging kids into the mix. They are now arguing that E-cigarettes need to be banned because our children will see people vaping, and want to start vaping themselves, which will addict them to nicotine… and after an undisclosed amount of time, they will decide to abandon the variety of thousands of delicious flavors in exchange for tobacco-flavored-only, analog, tobacco cigarettes. There’s only one problem with this shiny, new argument of theirs… in several parts:
- If they are really that concerned about keeping children safe from the evil cigarettes, lurking in the alley with rape-gloves on, then just go ahead and make all cigarettes everywhere illegal!
- By the same exact form of this argument, we could also suggest that children who see Smart cars and Priuses will eventually be lead to driving ’78 Chevy Scottsdale pickup trucks that get 7 mpg and spew tons of gross-smelling fumes into the atmosphere.
- The fact that more and more states are legalizing the smoking of marijuana (unfiltered) cigarettes in public sort of demolishes the whole argument that children are going to develop bad habits from seeing vapers vaping in public, but will remain totally unaffected when seeing patchouli-drenched hippies getting stoned right next to their playground in the name of “health.”
- As I’ve pointed out in a previous article of three; If they really believe that certain flavors such as gummy bear, whipped cream, butterscotch, banana, kiwi strawberry, etc. are purposefully designed to attract children and convince them to voluntarily die of cancer and subsequently extinct that pesky human race once and for good… then, how come THIS is not only legal, but for the most part not even opposed: http://www.drinkfind.com/full/next.html?id=1 (Pinnacle Vodka’s flavor list)?
- Also, in an addendum to #4 above, if the electronic cigarette industry is going to be prohibited from offering flavored E-juice, because the flavors “ensnare” kids… shouldn’t we also restrict the flavors of sodas (using Bloomburg logic, of course)? I mean, there’s nothing healthy about soda… but flavors like orange, grape, ext. are obviously aimed at convincing children to drink soda and become overweight. And flavors only appeal to kids. Adults have absolutely no interest in a variety of flavor at all (sarcasm? Oh, yeah!).
- It’s been mentioned that 7% of kids in grades 6 through 12 have already tried cigarettes. Why is that particular range of grades/ages used, I wondered quietly to myself as I aimed my best dart at the dartboard with the CDC’s logo taped to it… How many of the kids in question were in 6th Grade, and how many were in 12th Grade? Maybe it’s just me, but that doesn’t seem like a very descriptive grade range for statistical analysis.
So, I’m gonna go out on a limb here and suggest that maybe, just possibly, this whole “e-cigarettes target children” thing is just a smoke screen for something happening behind the scene. Something a little more sinister. And maybe, just maybe, there’s a little projection going on here. The ANTZ in the higher echelon of the E-cig-hating hierarchy know that their greedy shenanigans are wrong, both morally and ethically, and they feel so guilty about that, unconsciously, they are attempting to put their sin on us. Well, I’m not going to bite. We are not targeting children. We are targeting our friends who still haven’t been able to successfully quit smoking. You know, the ones we don’t want to die because we love them and would miss them, and would really, really prefer not to watch them die a slow, suffering, miserable death by cancer. I think this reason takes on a much higher priority than convincing ten year-olds to start smoking filterless Lucky Strikes until they get throat cancer and have to have their legs amputated (cause that’s what I saw in the commercial).