The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to regulate the sales of e-cigarettes.
Meanwhile, if I’m not mistaken, Ashley Davies (the daughter of Bruce Davies, owner of French 25) and her partner Nathan Grefe are opening their 3rd Stockton e-cigarette store. Another entrepreneur reportedly has plans to open a 4th on Pacific Avenue.
I’m following this story for two reasons. The e-cigarette industry has outpaced regulation. The product is just too new for there to be deep clinical studies on it. So when L.A.’s council calls it a “potential health threat” it is unclear what they base their assessment on. And a gateway to smoking? Based on what empirical data? Do they know something we don’t? Or are they being the nanny state?
The other reason is the parallel to the American tobacco industry, which is in on vaping bigtime. I still have only one radical position: I support the death penalty for tobacco company executives who knew their product was lethal and addictive and conspired to hide the truth. If the leaders of Genocide Inc. like e-cigarettes, I’m deeply suspicious of vaping.