Smoking Tobacco Products and Electronic-cigarettes

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Smoking became a staple of Southern United States culture when it's environment proved perfect for growing and harvesting tobacco. With Kentucky and North Carolina “accounting for 71% of tobacco grown in the United States,” it is easy to see how the smoking culture is so deeply embedded and loved by southerners (“Economies”). Since the birth of this relationship in the late eighteenth century, a plethora of research has shown many negative side effects of smoking tobacco, such as: cancer, increased risk for respiratory disease and cardiovascular disease, and tooth decay (“Economies”). This, along with recent bans put in place by a growing number of cities that make it a crime to smoke in public places, has paved the way for a new…show more content…
In a strange turn of events, the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, and the American Heart Association are all against the bill. They claim it is an attempt by big tobacco companies to undermine local ordinances, which would be abolished and unified to the new state law (McGrory). This whole situation seems rather ridiculous considering both the advocates and the opposition want to see electronic cigarettes regulated by age, the same way as conventional cigarettes. Furthermore, state and local governments and corporations seem puzzled with how to treat electronic cigarettes in public and in the workplace. Most cities have already outlawed smoking regular cigarettes in public places. Most corporations banned the use of cigarettes on the job years ago and even have designated times and places to light up. Do electronic cigarette smokers face the same destiny? Many city and state officials hope so. The introduction of the electronic cigarette has provided the perfect loop-hole for smokers to avoid breaking the law and left lawmakers perplexed until now. Minnesota has set forth a bill that will ban the use of electronic cigarettes anywhere that conventional cigarettes are banned on the basis that "there is no way for the public to know what harmful chemicals are in e-cigarettes or the amount of nicotine inhaled (Irmen)." Through a recent phone survey conducted by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, seventy nine percent of
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