I’m having real difficulty interpreting this as anything except legislators allowing their existing fears of The Demon Tobacco to turn into religious mania.
Only four states — New Jersey, Utah, Arkansas and North Dakota — have passed legislation banning the use of e-cigarettes in public places.
Now, Maryland lawmakers are weighing a measure that would prohibit the use of e-cigarettes wherever traditional cigarettes are banned.
The bill, sponsored by Delegate Aruna Miller, D-Montgomery, would place e-cigarettes under the definition of “smoking” in the Maryland Clean Indoor Air Act of 2007.
Compared to cigarettes – which I no longer smoke, and haven’t for a decade by now – e-cigs are practically hits of pure freaking oxygen. I understand the desire to check the effects of them on the lungs, but here’s a spoiler warning: it’s not likely to be worse than inhaling 110 degree, carcinogenic smoke on a regular basis. But that’s not the real problem with e-cigs, in my opinion. No, I think that the real problem that legislators have with e-cigs is that there’s a lot less justification for sin-taxing the things.
I know, I know: I am cynical. And?
MD legislator wants to ban e-cigs in public places because nicotine witchcraft argle blargle. http://t.co/YznSQx3WMU
— Jimmie (@jimmiebjr) March 19, 2014