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E-Cigs And New York's "They Look Too Real!" Argument
Reason Foundation's Adrian Moore tweeted:
Nanny NYC Health Commissioner Says E-Cigarettes Must Be Banned Because They Look Like the Real Thing
My tweet back:
Tofurky, meatless meatballs, and those hotdogs made from tofu feet and snouts should be next on the "looks real" hit list.
Moore's tweet linked to this Jacob Sullum piece at reason:
Yesterday the New York City Council held what The New York Times describes as "one of the most scientifically vague and emotionally charged health committee hearings in recent memory."
He continues in another reason piece:
The New York City Council is considering a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in bars, restaurant, and other "public places"--not because there is any evidence that the devices pose a hazard but because they look too much like regular cigarettes. Councilman James Gennaro, a sponsor of the proposed ban, tells The New York Times, "We see these cigarettes are really starting to proliferate, and it's unacceptable." Why is it unacceptable? According to the Times, "Mr. Gennaro said children who could not differentiate between regular and electronic smoking were getting the message that smoking is socially acceptable."...read more