Weighs in on e-cigs

To the editor:

I have been reading here and there about states and cities wanting to restrict e-cigs because they look like smoking and some say the vapor carries secondhand risks.

May I state/ask this. I am offended by people who chew. The smell when they open the container, to seeing it in their lip, the spitting in a container and smelling it on their breath is offensive. Isn’t it possible for those who chew, or use nicotine gum, to be exhaling nicotine in the normal vapor of their exhaled breath? If so, does that not mean I could be inhaling nicotine no different than smoke or than if they coughed with a cold or the flu and me being exposed? Breath vapor is no different than e-smoke vapor, you just don’t see it. It is moisture. I see outdoor markets where smoking is not allowed, but chewers are spitting on the ground or carrying their spit cup, which in a way is a bodily fluid bio-hazard on its own.

E-cigs are not the same as burning cigarettes. People only think so because they can see it. If it should be restricted because of possible exhaled chemicals, should not all nicotine products be seen the same way, smoked, vaporized or chewed? If it spreads in the air, where are the mouth police for the chewers? Ever seen a spit cup left behind? Worse than an ashtray and contains body fluids.

Harris Bockoven