E-cigarettes help smokers quit

Published: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 - 7:10 am

Re "E-cigarettes: A new vice ensnares adolescents” (Forum, Jan. 19): Shawn Hubler writes, "But we’ve come too far to relax while an activity that looks suspiciously like smoking offers the real thing a shot at a comeback." This sentence upsets me, as the author of this article obviously isn't focusing on the main demographic for most electronic cigarettes. The point of e-cigarettes isn't to glorify smoking. It's to help previously addicted smokers quit a deadly habit. While it may not be as safe as completely abstaining from nicotine (which is about as dangerous as caffeine when vaporized), it is a much healthier solution to the issue at hand, which is addiction to traditional cigarettes. In regards to the statement about more middle schoolers "vaping," isn't it better that they are exposed to something much less harmful than traditional cigarettes? -- Maxwell Bauer, Sacramento

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