The Sacramento Bee rain a reasonably in-depth article on e-cigarettes, trying to cover the controversy from all sides. The post included more than just the passing quote from a store owner and gave a fair amount of coverage to both friend and foe alike. It seemed that ultimately, the story fell down when it came time to present evidence of the great e-cigarette gateway.
Nicotine flavors available at Royal Vapes carry names with a youth slant: Air Headz, Flatline and Curious Jorge.
Kenny Hammon, 19, says he likes that the smell from vaporized nicotine isn't offensive like cigarette smoke. He smokes about half a pack daily and wants to quit.
Last week, he bought his first vaporizer at Sublime Vape, a shop in central Fresno that opened this year. His first pick for a nicotine flavor: sour candy. It tastes “like a Popsicle,” he says. His second choice: sweet honeydew.
Still, the story raises an interesting question. What about the unintended consequences? Most prohibitionists and media outlet want to focus on a conspiracy that doesn't exist. That's the wrong approach because it's based on some new anti-tobacco religion. It seems there's a pragmatic question that's getting ignored. There will be a percentage of non-smokers who might like to “play” with e-cigarettes, is that acceptable and what should be done? So far nobody is focusing on that question.