LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Editorial misleads kids on effects of smoking electronic cigarettes
Why does the Review-Journal editorial page appear to be a propaganda machine for the electronic cigarette industry, making claims about the health impact of e-cigarettes as statements of fact that are anything but? (“Smoke signals,” Dec. 20 Review-Journal).
Fact: E-cigarettes are a nicotine delivery device. Kids are getting hooked on nicotine, and the e-cigarette industry is banking on a new generation of nicotine addicts. It shamelessly sells “Hello Kitty” e-cigarettes to kids.
About 90 percent of the world’s e-cigarettes are made in China. The FDA has no regulations for e-cigarettes. The health risks of smoking and exposure to secondhandsmoke have been settled for decades.
The science is still evolving for e-cigarettes. Studies have shown e-cigarettes do not emit a harmless aerosol but contain chemicals identified as known carcinogens and toxins, including tiny metal particles that can penetrate deep into the lungs. What’s worse is that e-cigarette manufacturers are not required to disclose ingredients in their products. Big Tobacco is heavily involved in the e-cigarette/nicotine addiction industry.
Why does the Review-Journal think it knows better when it comes to teens and e-cigarettes? On one hand, the editorial states, “Obviously, kids 17 and younger shouldn’t use tobacco or nicotine products. But they do.” So what do they propose? Eliminate barriers for use by minors, don’t prohibit sales to minors, don’t regulate and tax e-cigarettes like other products that contain nicotine, and let kids use e-cigarettes to quit smoking when they are not approved for this purpose.
These Review-Journal opinions defy logic and make sense only to the e-cigarette industry.
BEVERLY DALY DIX
The writer is a board member for the Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition.