Vaping bans? Um, no, a thousand gallons of no

Vaping bans? Um, no, a thousand gallons of no

Melania Trump is pressuring her husband to consider imposing a ban on flavored ecigarettes.

What happened?  Did she find a Juul starter kit under Barron’s bed?

Listen, bans are dumb.  Mostly because they never work.

Remember when we banned the sale and distribution of alcohol by stupidly enacting the 18th Amendment?

Who in his right mind thought, “Let’s use the Constitutional Amendment process to ban booze?”

You know why there’s a 21st Amendment?

Because some idiots did think that and stuck us with the 18th Amendment.

I admit, I find it ironic that President Trump is even considering a ban on vaping products.

This is the guy whose campaign, in response to those stupid plastic straw bans, decided to sell Trump Straws on his campaign website.

So on the one hand, the Trump campaign mocks silly bans while on the other hand the Trump Administration wants to impose a silly ban on flavored ecigarettes.

That’s not just ironic; it’s bunglingly dumb.

More than four hundred thousand people die from smoking-related deaths every year.

Vaping has helped people quit cigarettes and stay off cigarettes – myself included.

I quit smoking in 2009.  It wasn’t the first time I quit.  Every single time I did, a year or so later when I started feeling better, I’d go right back to smoking.  But in 2012, I decided to break the cycle.  Instead of going back to cigarettes, I opted to try vaping.

It worked.  It got me through that post-quitting period of thinking, “Sure, I’m better now. So I’m going to smoke again.”

Why on earth would President Trump want the Federal Government to ban something that has helped smokers quit and stay quit?

Because Melania Trump is alarmed at how many children are vaping?

Would she prefer they smoke cigarettes?

Legally, children cannot purchase vaping supplies. You have to be over twenty-one. You know, the same way you have to be legal age to purchase cigarettes or alcohol.

Yet children still get their hands on cigarettes and alcohol.

So should the Trump Administration ban alcohol and cigarettes because children are getting their hands on booze and smokes?

Um, 18th Amendment everybody.  It would be a dumb idea.

Now, I’m sure some of you might be thinking, “Oh who cares?” (Mostly because every single post I ever write inspires someone to say, “Who cares?”)

But consider this.

Last week at that idiotic Climate Change Town Hall, Democrats lined up to brag about all the things they would ban should they be elected President.  Straws, red meat, combustion engines – the list was huge.

The Trump campaign has a terrific opportunity to expose these bossy nanny-staters for being, well, bossy nanny-staters who want to use the Federal Government to impose bans.

That won’t play well if President Trump follows through on a flavored ecigarette ban.  He’ll be just as much of a bossy nanny-stater as every Democrat running for President.

Except he’ll be the bossy nanny-stater who was henpecked by his wife into doing it.

I get it, Mr. President.  Your wife is upset about kids vaping.  But the list of children you should be making decisions for begins and ends with Barron.

Using the full force of the Federal Government to enact a vaping ban just to appease the Missus is overkill.

Update:

Looks like the President got the message.

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5 thoughts on “Vaping bans? Um, no, a thousand gallons of no

  • September 12, 2019 at 2:40 pm
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    Maayyyybeee….ya’ll could tax the crap out of it like you do everything else you might take issue with. My take is that this is a setup for a tax because the vape business is hitting tobacco…..and taxes.

  • September 12, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    I just wish our temporary public servants would stay the hell out of their citizen master’s lives.

  • September 13, 2019 at 2:05 am
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    I smoked for 40 plus years. Quit several times but stress brought me back. Finally when cigarette prices drastically increased I couldn’t afford them. A pack a day gets pretty expensive. So I got help from the Veterans Administration and with that I’ve been free now for 9 years. But I am still a second hand smoke inhaler. Tobacco smells so good.

  • September 13, 2019 at 12:04 pm
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    Been vaping since 2010 and can walk 5 miles w/no issues. When I smoked cigarettes I was lucky to go 5 blocks before coughing fits got to me. I use a dual battery mod and only get my juice from proper distributors. Never had a problem yet. Most of the danger is the from modifications people make to their setup or getting homebrew juice from dubious sources.

  • September 13, 2019 at 12:05 pm
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    I keep seeing these rumors, is there any hard evidence that this is true, or is everyone falling for the latest version of the narrative?

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