Standard operating procedure for progressives is to make the people believe they can’t be trusted to make their own decisions. Government regulations and bans on products are dubbed as “protections” for a population that willfully votes for people who want to exert more control over their lives. They save the people from themselves, and for some reason this is okay to a majority of Democrats who continue to vote for them.
The latest example of nanny-state tactics comes from Michigan, which is banning the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. Vaping is a rising trend that is treated like real cigarettes; minors are not allowed to buy them. But they do, just as they’ve bought tobacco products in the past. That’s part of life. It’s part of parenting. It’s part of taking responsibility for our own lives. If we choose to vape, that’s our choice.
Michigan lawmakers say the ban on selling products to minors isn’t enough, so they’re taking away flavored e-cigarettes from every citizen regardless of age. They say the flavors are designed to appeal to children. But here’s the thing. If they’re going to vape, which is considerably less dangerous than the demonstrable cancer and heart-disease effects of tobacco products, then that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I’m not suggesting either is good, but the lesser of two evils is the right choice.
Michigan’s law will push many who have replaced smoking with vaping back to the cigarettes for their nicotine high. This includes minors.
“This shameless attempt at backdoor prohibition will close down several hundred Michigan small businesses and could send tens of thousands of ex-smokers back to deadly combustible cigarettes,” said Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association. “These businesses and their customers will not go down without a fight. We look forward to supporting the lawsuits that now appear necessary to protect the right of adults to access these harm reduction products.”
it is the responsibility of parents/guardians to keep their kids from getting into tobacco, vaping, drugs, or anything else that can harm them. Laws are already on the books to prevent this. The fact that so many minors are vaping today will not stop because of this new rule. It will only create a black market similar but less offensive than how kids acquire drugs today. Narcotic transactions and possession are illegal as well, but it’s still happening.
Instead of removing flavored e-cigarettes, Michigan and every other state should invest in education about the products. Education worked to curb smoking dramatically. It would work better for vaping than an authoritarian slap against our own sensibilities.
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