Breathe Easy, Virginia’s Attorney General Reels in Rogue Health Department.

July 8, 2009

Everyone should have a hero and now even “Vapors” (e-cigarette users) have their own. She is Saint Alice of the Virginia Smokers Alliance.

Alice contacted her representative to question the enforcement of the Virginia Smoking Ban with respect to e-(electronic) cigarettes. Representative Peace then contacted the Attorney General, Kenneth Cuccinelli to look into the matter. Here are the Attorney Generals findings.

All of this is good news,  however is anyone else perplexed as to why the Health Department would even try to get away with a stunt like this?  It is more then obvious that an e-cigarette is in no way banned under Virginia law. So why would the Virginia Health Department behave as a self ordained legislative body. For that matter, why would Keenan Caldwell of the American Cancer Society say “”Allowing them (e-cigarettes) would really be turning back the clock on what we’re trying to do in Virginia to create smoke-free workplaces and environments that promote health,”

Here’s the thing, smokeless tobacco products are not banned under the law, so why should it come as any surprise that a tobaccoless, smokeless product would also not be banned. To fully understand the opposition to e-cigarettes by ban proponents one must examine their mission. Now here where the confusion starts, I said their mission, not their stated mission. There is a huge difference. Their stated mission is to protect the public from the supposed dangers of secondary smoke. But let’s take a moment to look at the real mission.

The mission is to capture the occupants of an enemy encampment. Let call the enemy smokers. You have the resources to set up one trap and you decide to set it at one of the three  bridges leading out of the encampment. The name of this bridge is Chantex.  Now all you need do is light the camp on fire, let refer to this fire as smoking ban. The fire also destroyed the bridge known as cigarettes but left standing the one known as e-cigarettes. The obvious problem is that some of the enemy (smokers) may avoid the drag net set up at bridge know as  Chantex and escape across e-cigarettes. You must find a way to make the fire (smoking ban) also consume the other bridge known as e-cigarettes.

If successful, it could mean $$$$ from grateful big Pharmaceutical Companies waiting to pick off ban refugees.

The truth is that secondary smoke does not pose an appreciable health risk to the public at large. The truth is that they need you to believe in the risk in order to justify the violation of liberty of American Citizens.  The truth is that charitable societies and politicians don’t really care one way or the other about your health. Why else would they waste their time with e-cigarettes?

Big Tobacco is simply no match for the influence of Big Pharmaceutical.

Always follow the money!

One Response

  1. How eloquently put! It is sad but true that at the end of the day it really is Big Tobacco verses Big Pharmaceutical and we, whether we are smokers or non-smokers, are the pawns of one or the other. Non smokers think they have won some sort of really big battle here with the smoking ban…an educated non smoker would realize that this isn’t true and sit back with a great amount of fear wondering what’s next and how will it affect their life in the future. An educated smoker already knows what’s next because of being a victim this time. Oh yes, and the other victims this ban has created too in the LAW that tells a private business owner, sure you pay taxes, sure you’ve spent your life savings to have a restaurant and yes, we the government are now going to use everything you’ve paid and spent against you. I still do and always will question the mentality of those who don’t find this to be a problem.

    As far as the E-cigs being included in the Virginia Ban, according the the health department…isn’t it odd that a government agency, such as this, actually had the “balls” to think and do something rogue on their own? Apparently, even the simplest life form has a price!! Thanks to “Saint” Alice and Mr. Cuccinelli for putting the ca-bash on this ridiculous stunt. It’s nice to know that the new regime of law makers in Virginia aren’t just another group of “me too’s” that can be brainwashed into making the “politically correct” decisions

    Oh by the way..for those who have seen the WRIC interview with the health department dude..looks like obesity is still a number one problem in this country, eh!

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