Here’s hoping Napa County teenagers and their parents are not being taken in by the e-cigarette companies’ hype that e-cigarettes are “safe” alternatives to regular cigarettes, and a great way to quit smoking. There is zero independent science to back those claims up.

The truth is that e-cigarettes, now being sold in watermelon, bubble gum, cotton candy, gummy bear, candy cane and strawberry flavors, are the exact opposite of a way to quit smoking. The very nature of their use suggests a smooth transition to smoking regular cigarettes.

Furthermore, as one clear thinker has observed, “with every puff and vapor exchange, e-cigarettes can be smelled, creating potentially new pollution issues. They spew secondhand aerosols, and that air pollution contains unregulated amounts of a variety of harmful toxic substances and cancer-causing agents, not to mention (the drug) nicotine.”

Given the potential for harm these new cigarettes pose, it only makes good sense that appropriate federal, state and local agencies should waste no time in applying to e-cigarettes the same rules that are now almost universally applied to tobacco cigarettes, namely a ban on sale to minors and curtailment of their use in public places.

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Medical science tells us that smoking harms every organ of the body, and statisticians note that more than 10 times as many Americans have died prematurely from smoking than have died in all the wars fought by the U.S.

Let’s not let e-cigarette smoking add to these frightening revelations.

Herbert Ford / Angwin

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