E-cigarettes’ harms unknown
Sharon Kirkpatrick (Letters, Oct. 30) says it’s incomprehensible that the public should have concern over electronic cigarette use in a public place.
It is equally hard to understand why we shouldn’t. These are made by the tobacco industry, whose products cause the death of 438,000 Americans each year, hardly an industry to entrust with our health and well-being. The FDA warns that e-cigarettes contain toxic and cancer-causing chemicals. The health effects of secondhand exposure to the vapors released are not known.
Kirkpatrick took Olive Garden patron Jan Moore to task for quietly noticing when the restaurant manager asked a guest to leave because he refused to put an e-cigarette away while in the restaurant. She told Moore to get a life.
I know a bit about Moore’s life. She is a registered nurse and asthma educator. She has cared for children and adults with asthma for 18 years. She knows the harm and complications secondhand smoke and vapors cause. She works to make the air cleaner and safer.
E-cigarettes are merely devices to hold smokers chained to the addiction and as bait to lure kids ever closer to tobacco addiction.