Re Lighten up on e-cigarettes (Another View, Jan. 26): I finally quit smoking tobacco after 45 years. I've been using e-cigarettes since. My sense of taste and smell has returned. Best of all, my chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is non-existent: I dont cough continually, I breathe easily, and X-rays show major improvement in my lungs. Are the tobacco industry and incompetent elected officials behind this proposed ban of e-cigarettes? If it's prompted by youngsters purchasing e-cigarettes over the Internet, where are the parents to stop this? Test e-cigarettes: Put a tissue paper over the mouthpiece while inhaling, and put the tissue paper over your mouth when exhaling. Youll find nothing, nada, and no smell. Why can't our elected officials come up with something worthwhile, such as free public transit, less infringements on our rights and lower taxes. That would be called doing their job. What a concept.
-- Rich Lapikas, Sacramento