Daily Beast Slam Smoking Abolitionists for Attacks on E-Cigs
Newsweek’s online news outlet the Daily Beast has a surprisingly strong piece on the puritanical stance anti-smoking advocates are taking against electronic cigarettes. This article is one more in a line of pieces indicating that not all members of the media buy FDA and public health group statements that e-cigs are probably dangerous devices and should be avoided, restricted, or banned.
You can read the article right here.
The piece does a really good job of explaining why these attacks happen — mostly because anything that looks like smoking and is perceived to encourage it must be bad. And yet, the piece also does a great job of explaining why these attacks are unnecessary and counter-productive — mostly because e-cigs are proving almost entirely harmless and capable of aiding cessation.
It even takes a bit of a pot shot at New York City for its gradual decline from “fun city” into something a bit more square. Bloomberg has not only led the charge against e-cigs, but also against tobacco cigarettes, large soda drinks, late-night bars, and junk food. Admittedly, the city seems to be trading much of its scuffed leather for ironed tweed.
Articles like this certainly need their due praise. It’s work like this that will get word out to the population at large that electronic cigarette may not be as bad as they’ve been told.