Why then do the airlines prohibit me from using my personal vaporizer (aka, e-cigarette) on their planes? It is my drug of choice and creates a cloud of vapor that smells like strawberry, but most people don't care if they smell a faint strawberry smell. The guy sitting next to me drinking coffee puts out as much smell as my PV, but I'd go to jail. My theory is that it *gasp* looks like smoking. Can't have anything that even looks like it might offend someone. Catering to the lowest common denominator has gotten us nowhere.
Public misunderstanding, ignorance and possibly contempt for liberty play into the hands of people who want to control our lives. Responses to my recent column "Compliant Americans" brought this home to me. In it, I argued that the anti-tobacco movement became the template and inspiration for other forms of government intrusion, such as bans on restaurants serving foie gras, McDonald's giving Happy Meals with toys, and confiscating a child's home-prepared lunch because it didn't meet Department of Agriculture guidelines. A few responses read like this: "Smoking is different because that actually affects other people. We should be living by the notion...
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