Thursday, November 20. 2014
In an unprecedented move, Senator Glenn Grothman of the State Senate of Wisconsin wants to ensure that vapers still can do their thing. This is a move that is welcomed by vapers as a brilliant counterpoint to the restrictions being made by big cities including the move made by New York City recently.
Grothman, thinks his bill will put the “busybody health officials” in place. Health officials have been busy countering the benefits of vaping to the point it is being painted the same picture as tobacco. Tobacco is the very same substance that vapes intend to replace because of health reasons. The senator is worried that the move to outlaw vapes in Wisconsin may trigger a wrong notion that vapes are harmful when in fact there is no iron-clad proof that they are dangerous.
The things that may happen along the coast have the tendency to move inland, he said in an interview that saw print in the Milwaukee-Madison Journal Sentinel on its January 3, 2014 issue.
The plan has the backing of the leaders at the state’s legislature but it can see some stiff opposition from health advocates from the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and the local Health First Wisconsin.
Health First Wisconsin head Maureen Busalacchi said that there is no way to find out if vapes are dangerous or not. Ms. Busalacchi’s group was one of the many groups that lobbied and pushed for a state-wide smoking ban in 2009. The ban has effectively outlawed the smoking in workspaces and public areas such as bars and restaurants.
Senator Grothman’s bill will explicitly exempt electronic cigarettes from the list of banned tobacco products that are listed in the three and a half year law on smoking in Wisconsin. Electronic cigarettes have attracted a lot of media of late since they have become a household name. The popularity explosion has sent anti-smoking advocates up on their heels as they look at vapes as a potential problem down the road. Vapes, according to opposition can revive the glamor of smoking which can lead to people perpetuating their addiction to nicotine rather than thinking to quit smoking.
Health officials are worried that the undiscovered health risks can spark another wave of health issues that was the case with tobacco. Until the time the Surgeon General made a pronouncement on the health implications of tobacco smoking—smoking has been an accepted habit that have embroiled millions to the addiction causing about a billion or so deaths both for smokers and non-smokers getting victimized though inhalation of second-hand smoke.
Then again, there is no solid proof that electronic cigarettes can harm the body. A recent study made by New York researchers showed that the vapor that electronic cigarettes produce only contain nicotine and trace amounts of toxins that are insignificant to cause problems to the body in the short-term. The lack of long-term study hampers the decision of governments whether or not to ban electronic cigarettes.
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