The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved sweeping new regulations that would treat e-cigarettes like conventional cigarettes, after one of the most personal debates to be heard on the council floor in years.
On a 14-0 vote, lawmakers outlawed “vaping” — the practice of inhaling the vapors produced by e-cigarettes — in most work sites and many public places, including parks and certain beaches.
The Nanny State strikes again.
As far as I’m aware, e-cigarettes are completely harmless. They pose no health risk to the people using them or to anyone around them. Those who smoke actual cigarettes find e-cigarettes a helpful aid when trying to quit. Yet they are now banned, even in many outdoor spaces, in the city of Los Angeles.
Much like the gun-Nazis in government schools who are suspending kids for wielding fingers and pastries because they resemble guns, the tobacco-Nazis must purge the Earth of anything that resembles a cigarette — even if it actually benefits those who wish to quit the very malady they oppose.
That this law war passed on a 14-0 vote is perhaps the most disturbing of all. Apparently, not one of the city council members was willing to stand and defend individual freedom, which should include the freedom to make poor personal choices, but now doesn’t even extend to the freedom to make good personal choices which might indirectly encourage others to make poor personal choices. This is a trend that will not end well.
Apparently, one of the members did make a gesture toward minimizing the council’s usurpation of personal freedom, but when his amendment failed, he voted for the measure anyway. An admirable display of courage, that.
Buscaino introduced an amendment to allow bars and nightclubs to be removed from the new regulations. But his measure received only six votes — two shy of the amount needed for passage.
E-cigarettes “are not tobacco,” he said. “And I don’t think they should be regulated exactly the same way.”
Here’s a thought. How about they shouldn’t be regulated at all?
Any suggestions for a new line to close out the national anthem?