Forsyth County News reported on the June 5 commissioners’ meeting where they discussed a possible ordinance prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes in county buildings, parks and recreation facilities except in designated areas.
FCN stated that no one at the hearing spoke in favor of the ordinance. Do not interpret lack of attendance as indifference on the subject. I support such an ordinance as do other concerned parents whose children would be exposed to e-cigs and learn to regard it as acceptable behavior. The media glamorizes e-cigs. It’s Joe Camel all over again.
Statistics indicate that less than 7 percent of smokers who have used e-cigs in an attempt to stop smoking have been successful. In addition, there is intense research being done to determine the dangers of “vaping” on not just the user but those subjected to its vapor.
E-cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine is a highly addictive chemical compound (a drug) derived from tobacco. As a result, yes, it is a tobacco product. Synthetic nicotine is also a chemical compound. And while we embrace the resourcefulness of our youth, research indicates e-cigs have also been used as a drug delivery device for “street” drugs.
Support the proposed ordinance. The next commissioners’ meeting on the subject is July 3.