Nanny State US Senators Join E-Cigarette Pile On

The fact that so many career politicians here in the US try to pass themselves off as forward thinking experts on complex subjects like science and medicine would be highly comical except for one reason–these power mad megalomaniac have countless ways to exert control over the lives of American citizens and lay awake in bed at night scheming up new ones. The latest example of this is a group of well known US Senators rushing to join their fellow travelers in big medicine, big pharma and ‘public health’ in condemning e-cigarettes. They’ve jointly authored a letter that pretty much echos the talking points of the FDA and other control happy agencies in insisting that mucho taxpayer dollars be spent trying to rein in the booming industry because its a threat to the interests of friendly lobbyists and their financial benefactors public health.

The signatories are a rogue’s gallery of big government loving ‘we know what’s best for you’ egomaniacs that have a long track record of trying to tell Americans how they should live despite no legitimate expertise in any relevant subject–Sens. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Jack Reed, D-Conn., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Dick Durbin, D-Ill. They’re the same group of liberty hating overlords that go after tobacco, fatty food, etc.

Like most of the anti e-cigarette types their entire position is based in profound hypocrisy and a willingness to develop selective amnesia about the fact that it was just a few years ago that the biggest risk to ‘public health’ was secondhand smoke and that individuals who smoke need to quit at all costs for the good of themselves and others. Of course the ‘all costs’ part implied that they used smoking cessation products that benefited industries and companies that had bought and paid for these politicians–primarily the medical and pharmaceutical industries. The conveniently ignore the fact that a sizable percentage of e-cigarette users do so to quit smoking tobacco cigarettes. To the contrary–they nonsensically suggest that e-cigarettes are a ‘gateway drug’ that encourages people to start smoking. Never mind the fact that there’s not a shred of evidence or even an anecdotal relationship between the two–it’s ‘for the children’. Of course when prescription drug companies start offering their own e-cigarettes at a higher priced with the usual suspects in the medical/pharma industries getting ‘their taste’ it’ll be a completely different matter.