Article in the American Spectator

Discussion in 'Legislation News' started by strayling, Apr 16, 2009.

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  1. strayling

    strayling Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Dragging Us Down.

    A couple of snippets to give you the feel:
    Perhaps most amazingly, the HHS Secretary's decision whether or not to ban the "modified risk" product from the marketplace is not to be based on whether or not the product actually provides a reduced risk or other benefit to the individual smoker. Individual well-being is not important to the ninnying nannies on Capitol Hill. The decision must be made to "benefit the health of the population as a whole, taking into account the impact on both users and nonusers of tobacco products."

    ...

    And the FDA is at it again with news last month the agency will seek to regulate or ban "electronic cigarettes." These are tobacco-free devices that allow for the inhalation of a nicotine vapor.

    ...

    It seems much of the impetus behind this and similar legislation is not individual or public health per se, but rather a postmodern puritanism ...

    (I hope that falls under fair use. Mods, feel free to edit if you think I've quoted too much.)

    A quotation which seems relevant:

    Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.- H. L. Mencken
     
  2. Caesarea

    Caesarea Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    <<It seems much of the impetus behind this and similar legislation is not individual or public health per se, but rather a postmodern puritanism ...>>


    Got it in one!!! :D

    I'll settle down now and read the rest.

    Thanks, Strayling!!

    :)
     
  3. Caesarea

    Caesarea Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Great article by Zachary S.
    Best thing I've read for ages.
     
  4. strayling

    strayling Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Representative of most of the coverage we're getting at the moment, too :)
     
  5. Caesarea

    Caesarea Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Do so hope the rational argument willl prevail. It's alarming being governed by such deeply irrational forces.

    :(
     
  6. Vicks Vap-oh-Yeah

    Vicks Vap-oh-Yeah Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Just my initial thoughts on the article - feel free to disagree at any time.


    There's the nanny effect.....we couldn't possibly let people make decisions for themselves...



    This is the one I started yelling at the computer when I read.....don't these congressmen remember what it was like to be a teenager? You don't discourage something by drawing big spotlights on it and saying "bad, bad, bad....." Teens are DRAWN to that because at their hearts, every teenager is rebellious. That's part of the psycology behind humans, we're striking out on our own, so we fight everything the adults tell us to do!

    Forbidden fruit 101.
     
  7. Caesarea

    Caesarea Vaping Master ECF Veteran


    Yes, so kudos to Zachary S for letting the truth out!!


    :thumbs:
     
  8. strayling

    strayling Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Haha! You nailed it.
     
  9. Kendra

    Kendra Super Member ECF Veteran

    thanks for posting the article. this is one of my husband's favorite quotes!
     
  10. kinabaloo

    kinabaloo Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Agree with all the above. We're here to enjoy the journey, not to be robotic corporate slaves.
     
  11. SpaceCadet

    SpaceCadet Super Member ECF Veteran

    Take away nicotine and kids will still find something everyday to abuse that's potentially far more dangerous. Heard about the craze for snorting crushed up fizzy candy in the UK? Snorting craze could be fatal | The Sun |News

    I was truly speechless after reading about this.

    Then when I got to work I told my colleagues and we had a good old laugh about it :p
     
  12. Vicks Vap-oh-Yeah

    Vicks Vap-oh-Yeah Vaping Master ECF Veteran


    Sadly, this is true - kids will manage to find something - everyday and ordinary, that they will use to prove they're not indistructible.
     
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