Some people don’t get the e-cigarette.
Serena Chen, a regional tobacco policy director of the American Lung association, is one:
“I understand why people use the nicotine replacement aids,” said Serena Chen, regional tobacco policy director of the American Lung Association in California. “But I don’t understand why people want to pretend that they’re smoking.”
In her skewed viewpoint it seems that smoking is bad for its own sake, not just for the very real harm it does.
And not just smoking, but smokers too, for the health campaigner’s answer to using a safe smoking alternative is:
“If you had a serial killer who liked to stab people, would you give him a rubber knife?”
But who is the serial killer – the smoker who does damage to himself, partly because he is kept unaware of safe smoking alternatives, or the public health campaigners who prevent the spread of knowledge about safe alternatives to smoking like smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes – alternatives which could save the lives of millions.
If you had a person who denied a drug addict a safe way to satisfy a relatively harmless addiction (many sources argue that nicotine removed from tobacco is little more dangerous than a cup of coffee), a person who compared the people she is supposed to help to mass murderers – would you give them a job as a health campaigner?
Quotes extracted from E-Cigarette Generates Excitement at Valley Fair as FDA Crackdown Looms