Letters to the Editor

E-cigs are a starter kit for teens

Claims of e-cigarettes’ safety are nothing more than vapor and mirrors.
Claims of e-cigarettes’ safety are nothing more than vapor and mirrors. Bay Area News Group

E-cigs are a starter kit for teens

Re “Taxing e-cigarettes will backfire on public health” (Another View, Feb. 2): The vaping industry is increasingly becoming nothing more than a false front for Big Tobacco corporations.

The evidence is clear that the electronic cigarette industry is a gateway through which Big Tobacco is successfully recruiting hordes of young people who would otherwise not smoke to begin a lifetime of costly, harmful nicotine addiction.

Claims of e-cigarettes’ safety are nothing more than vapor and mirrors.

Leading public health organizations from the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the California Department of Public Health consistently refute the assertion that vaping reduces smoking.

This November, voters will have the opportunity to join doctors, dentists, health care workers and advocates with the American Lung Association to protect teens from tobacco addiction. We are confident voters will trust the leading public health experts and join us to save lives.

Jim DeBoo, Sacramento

campaign manager,

Save Lives California

New vice, old huckster

Cynthia Cabrera’s diatribe mirrors the decades-long smoking industry wails. We fought long to stop the smoking in Cosumnes River College library and tobacco sales in the book store. Cabrera is president of the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association, whose credo is if vapor products are ultimately regulated as if they were tobacco, this new and innovative industry would be squelched.

Nicotine is addictive smoked or vaped. As Cabrera says, nicotine causes 37,000 deaths each year in California and $18 billion in health care costs.

Ted M. Ball, Roseville

Nobody wants to be a teacher?

Re “Bills aim to alleviate shortage of teachers” (Page 7A, Feb. 3): I have been a public school teacher for the past 23 years and thoroughly enjoy my job. However, I would never encourage my children – a high school junior and a college freshman – to choose teaching as a profession. I am steering them toward professions that don’t rely on society’s charitable whims.

The Sacramento Bee has run numerous articles on the teacher shortage. Some mention subsidized housing, student loan forgiveness, increased professional support, etc. All of those things are very interesting attempts to lure people into teaching. I laud the recent Assembly bills to try to lure students into the profession, but professions shouldn’t require luring. A noble profession like teaching shouldn’t need Assembly bills to stem the 75 percent decrease in teacher credentials in the past 15 years.

Why are people avoiding the teaching profession?

Why does this situation exist?

Andrew Tait, Sacramento

Manage water supply better

Re “Buoyed by recent rains, Folsom Lake levels triple” (Page 1A, Feb. 2): Much has been made in the local news about lake levels in and around Sacramento and the percentage of water being stored. What seems to be forgotten is that volume does not equate to management of these resources.

If we have a banner year for water and the BLM or state water board does not manage it well, we are doomed to be back where we started. The state and cities have done wonderful things in reducing water usage, but that will go for naught if we let it all flow downstream to support corporate farming and heavy users.

John J. Speight, Roseville

The wisdom of young voters

Re “Tired of settling for centrist candidates” and “Parties frustrate this new voter” (Letters, Feb. 1): It was encouraging to read the letters written to the editor by two 18-year-olds. Both articulated and effectively voiced a frustration with the false promises and hypocrisy of the two major parties that usually comes only after living through many election cycles.

I give them an “A” in grammar, style and the ability to filter through the various biases of the media and arrive at independent and well-supported views. I gladly welcome them to the ranks of the voters.

Don Rudisill, Sacramento

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