I reported a while back that the former head of the prohibitionist heavy American Lung Association joined up with an obscure e-cigarette lobbying group of unknown intention. Charles Connor made his first press appearance on behalf of the group in an article written for Tulsa World. In the article he points out that the term e-cigarette is somewhat of a misnomer and trying to treat ecigs as real tobacco is a dangerous idea.
Charles D. Connor: A cigarette by any other nameGiven the deadly consequences of cigarette smoking, the passion of health policy advocates and legislators for eliminating tobacco use from society is understandable and commendable. Regrettably, however, these same good folks are mistaken when they fail to acknowledge the obvious differences between “traditional” tobacco cigarettes and electronic cigarettes.
Electronic cigarettes should be regulated. The industry's products should meet certain standards of quality, consistency and nicotine levels. Like many other chemicals/substances suitable for human consumption at certain dosages, nicotine can be extremely dangerous in higher concentrations. Furthermore, it is important that there be regulated efforts to eliminate youth access to the product, both in physical store locations and Internet sales.
Of course it's that second paragraph taken from later in the article that gives me pause. Indeed we need to restrict youth access, but the group at one point came out in favor of banning online sales. Fool me once and all that.