Letters to the Editor

May 3, 2014

John Ruley: Keep your vapor to yourself

E-cigarettes are designed to deliver nicotine, a potent and addictive alkaloid. As little as 30 milligrams (less than what is contained in two packs of conventional cigarettes) can kill an average adult. How much is in an e-cigarette?

Regarding “Don’t ban e-cigs; they’re not harmful” (Letters, April 29): The writer ridiculed the idea of a ban on e-cigarettes, citing “zero harmful effects” and saying users only exhale water vapor. He’s wrong. E-cigarettes are designed to deliver nicotine, a potent and addictive alkaloid. As little as 30 milligrams (less than what is contained in two packs of conventional cigarettes) can kill an average adult. How much is in an e-cigarette? There’s no way to tell, since they’re unregulated – and no way to know what else has been added to the water e-cigarette users inhale. Nicotine took both of my parents, who died of lung cancer. I don’t want to join them. E-cigarette users should keep their poison to themselves!

JOHN RULEY

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