Punchinello’s Chronicles

June 27, 2009

The E-Cigarette Revolution

I’m a smoker, and for years I’ve been dealing with the unbelievable harassment coming from the anti-smoking crowd. It began with the Surgeon General’s warning that touching a cigarette would instantly kill you a thousand times. So they put warnings on packages for any idiot who didn’t know that smoking was a problem.

Then came banning smoking from offices, banning it from restaurants, banning smoking from bars. Did anyone ever consider the private ownership of these restaurants or bars? Oh, a few people did, but the Importance to the Children took a much higher priority than such ordinary things as private property, freedom, and individual liberties. Cigarettes, after all, are completely legal. Like alcohol.

It wasn’t long before the money-makers on the anti-smoking bandwagon decided that linking smoke with health was a gravy train. Lawsuits went on to steal $300 BILLION from the tobacco companies, presumably to fund educational programs. In fact, all that money was sucked into the money hole of state politicians and their fantasyland budgets. So more lawsuits had to come.

Smoking was banned outdoors, or at least within 15 feet of a window or door. Companies began discussing terminating health insurance for those awful, awful people who kill everyone with their filthy tobacco smoke. We had secondhand smoke, still an unproven problem, but enough that For the Children, we had to ban smoking anywhere near a child.

Now we have third-hand smoke, where even touching an article of clothing that was in the proximity of smoke will immediately wreak death, havoc and destruction on countless masses. All because of smoke. All because of tobacco.

The fascinating hypocrisy is that tobacco taxes not only pay for all sorts of public budget items, they were the foundation for the latest massive tax hike. To fund the S-CHIP program, giving health care to anyone under 30, congress boosted tobacco taxes through the roof. A carton went from, say, $25/carton to over $30/carton.

That wasn’t enough. Congress has handed over tobacco to the FDA, claiming that nicotine is a drug and should be regulated by the Food & Drug Administration. The latest attack is the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act. This would allow the government to decide what can and cannot be mailed to your home, regardless of what’s legal or what you purchase legally.

Only a single thing gives anyone the totalitarian right to force their will on me, and that’s the fact of actual smoke. There’s no real argument that inhaling the effects of a raging fire isn’t good for you. But what if we could eliminate the smoke entirely?

Oh! Well golly-gee! We can!

Electronic cigarettes have only three ingredients: water, chemical nicotine, and propylene-glycole. That last is a common additive in food coloring or medicines, and is often for flavoring. Nicotine itself has repeatedly been shown to be addictive, but NOT carcinogenic (although I’m sure people are working around the clock to figure out a way around that fact of science).

Since these so-called e-cigs, otherwise known as personal vaporizers, produce zero smoke, what’s the harm? None! They look like they produce smoke, much the way kids standing around the bus-stop in winter look like they’re smoking. They’re not. It’s water vapor.

Okay, we could say that nicotine is addictive, and that’s harm. Then let’s ban gambling, sex, food, shopping, chocolate, and ratchet up the War on Drugs. Well, okay, not in California. They need to legalize marijuana so they can cover their insane debt spending. Let’s remember that cigarettes are, uh…LEGAL! So what if they’re addicting? For those who already are addicted, why not eliminate all that raw smoke?

Having started with the VX2 (LiteCig USA), I’m finding almost no real difference between this revolutionary gadget and a tobacco cigarette. Those are called “analog” cigarettes now, to distinguish them from digital smoking. They look similar to a cigarette, and they produce a feel of smoking when you inhale. When you exhale, you see something similar to smoke, but it’s just water vapor. The nicotine lift is the same as a cigarette or a piece of gum.

All in all, I see no reason to continue using tobacco at all. Screw the sick children who won’t get health care because there won’t be tobacco taxes. And the hell with all those people in restaurants who “feel” that looking at what appears to be smoke will upset their little tummies.

I say the next war should be against perfume! We smokers should quit tobacco entirely, and migrate en masse to water vapor. With over 20-million of us, the loss in revenue to the federal and state governments would at least be noticeable. Given that the dictatorial systems for taking control of our lives is fully in place, why not turn that fascist organization on perfume wearers? Or after-shave customers?

Did I mention that the cost of e-cigarettes is less than tobacco? Well, if you buy cigarettes from Indian reservations, that may not be true. But if you’re forced to buy tobacco from local stores, when the government takes control of the US mail system, then it’s WAY cheaper to “vape.”

I’m still a novice at the lingo of personal vaporizers. So “vaping” would mean inhaling the vapor. We’ll see, but frankly, I’m a big fan of how technology, capitalism, and free markets can do a complete end-run around the militant anti-smokers! That’s excellent news!



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    Pingback by The E-Cigarette Revolution — Stop Smoking — June 27, 2009 @ 2:03 am | Reply

  2. The only danger they present is to the bottom line of the cessation manufacturing company that spent millions to get these bans in the first place, thereby undermining the entire purpose of smoking bans. Also, unlike Chantix, they have no mind altering drugs and can be safely used by airline pilots, railroad engineers, truck drivers, and others in jobs where public safety is an issue.


    Comment by Bob — June 27, 2009 @ 9:11 am | Reply

  3. LOL – I hear your pain!

    I like “e-smoking” over “vaping” – “vaping” sounds like I have asthma 🙂

    Oh, and now hypocritical anti-smokers have a new thing to bother us: nicotine in gum or patch is “medicine” but inhaled it is a “drug” and sometimes a “poison”.

    Comment by Ken — June 27, 2009 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

  4. If the average person only knew what was going on behind these government bans, regulations, and taxes, they’d explode! Smokers have been at the leading edge of government control for more than a decade, and we’ve about reached the end-game.

    Philip-Morris backed the FDA regulation bill for the purpose of freezing all market-share across the board. Since they’re 50% of the market, that almost wipes out everyone else. But, as Ayn Rand often pointed out, it’s a case of shooting off their nose to spite their face. With the PACT Act, and now electronic cigarettes, I foresee the day when nobody uses tobacco at all.

    That brings up the danger Bob mentions. With billions of dollars in the tobacco industry, it’s conceivable that those companies would try to destroy the e-cig revolution. The key obstacle to such a corporate war is that e-cigs are almost entirely a product of China, so even with globalization, I doubt the US tobacco industry could wipe them out. They could (possibly) lobby for targeted legislation that would either ban all e-cigs, or place a protectionist tariff against them, like we do with textiles, steel, and other common products.

    Guess we’ll have to see…! 🙂

    Comment by Punchinello — June 29, 2009 @ 12:22 am | Reply

  5. Perfect!

    Comment by flashplayer — July 7, 2009 @ 8:53 am | Reply

  6. Looks good when you read about it, but Mismo electronic cigarette looks daft when you see the actual video

    Comment by ray — July 13, 2009 @ 7:51 am | Reply

  7. The two problems facing the e-cig community are one, to say they’re “healthy.” Any claim toward health puts them smack dab under the FDA, and that organization wants to ban all nicotine completely. The second problem is that they’re made to look like a cigarette. This is that “looks like a duck, quacks like a duck” problem. E-cigs aren’t cigarettes. They’re nicotine (drug) delivery systems, but they’re not cigarettes. Even Philip-Morris’ new nicotine inhaler is having trouble with the FDA.

    How they look “daft” is beyond me, since they look no different than smoking a regular cigarette. Currently, the entire industry is in turmoil and an adversarial position with the FDA. It goes to show that it isn’t the public health antismokers care about. It’s denying anyone the enjoyment of a legal diversion.

    Comment by Punchinello — July 13, 2009 @ 3:13 pm | Reply

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