Lincoln Brown

A tobacco user is not a good thing to be in this day and age. Tobacco users are not an acceptable group in 21st Century America. Not so much for what they do themselves, but what they do to others. No one likes second hand smoke, and most smokers wish they didn’t savor firsthand smoke. In fact I have yet to meet a smoker yet who gets up every morning and says “Thank you Lord for this addiction to a substance that will probably kill me in some slow, horrible manner!”

If you’ve ever battled the Demon Nicotine, than you have probably done a slow burn when someone blithely tells you how they just decided to quit smoking one day, set down the pack and never picked up another. Or you have quietly shook your head in frustration when someone suggests you try gum, candy, toothpicks, deep breathing or the power of positive thinking. 

So one would have thought that when someone came up with e-cigarettes, the Centers for Disease Control would have popped the cork on sparkling grape juice over the news that millions of people had suddenly found a way to kick the habit while still indulging themselves in the same mannerisms, affectations and even infusion of nicotine that they had previously enjoyed via the evil cancer sticks.

But no, the CDC was not happy about it one bit.

I’ve been trying for a two weeks now to come up with the reason for the CDC’s objection to e-smokes. After all, e-cigs contain no carcinogens, no chemicals, no fire, and emit water vapor as opposed to smoke. So, no firsthand smoke, no second hand smoke, and best of all, smokers are doing exactly what the CDC has been hoping for all these years: giving up tobacco. I am told that the CDC objects to trace amounts of nicotine apparently present in the vapor, and at least a friend groused to me the other day of potential danger that e-cigarettes will glamorize smoking and convince young people to pick up actual the actual habit.

But since it would probably take a battalion of e-smokers exhaling in unison in a confined space to put any significant amount of nicotine into the air; and given the fact that the sale of e-cigarettes are forbidden to minors, neither of those two arguments seemed legitimate.

But after writing about the decision to ban asthma inhalers last week, it hit me.

Lincoln Brown

Lincoln Brown is the Program Director at KVEL Radio in Vernal, Utah. He hosts “The Lincoln Brown Show” Mondays through Fridays from 8-9 AM.