Think tank denounces National Park Service’s e-cig ban

Think tank denounces National Park Service’s e-cig ban
Just like an eggplant. (Image via Budapest Business Journal)

[Ed. – Which you may not have known about, if you don’t follow e-cig regulation.]

A free market think tank is blasting the National Park Service for banning electronic cigarettes, arguing vapor emitted from e-cigs is as harmless as eggplants or tomatoes.

The R Street Institute sent a letter to National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis on Thursday criticizing the ban.

“There is no need for such restrictions on the use of e-cigarettes and no public health or environmental benefit from doing so,” wrote Dr. Joel L. Nitzkin, senior fellow for tobacco policy at R Street Institute. “E-cigarettes involve no combustion. There is no fire hazard.” …

Nitzkin said the ban is unnecessary because the trace amount of nicotine in vapor from e-cigs is the equivalent to what can be found in “eggplants, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and other common foods.” …

The Park Service announced Monday that it was banning the use of e-cigarettes in all national parks immediately in the name of public “health and safety.”

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