Sunday, January 19, 2020

Is Evers "Big Tobacco's" Friend?

While Evers' proposals are not yet public, here's what he's said.

Gov. Tony Evers hopes to combat the youth vaping epidemic with a sweeping package of bills, public awareness campaigns and regulatory changes that seek to prevent sales to minors, ban e-cigarette use at schools and prevent manipulative advertising to young people....

... Evers is directing the state Department of Health Services to:
  • Work with the Department of Public Instruction and local school districts in an effort to develop and enforce anti-vaping policies and train teachers on identifying e-cigarettes and other vaping products.
  • Launch a public health campaign aimed at parents about the dangers of youth vaping.
  • Develop and implement an outreach plan to work with doctors and other health care providers to identify vaping-related illnesses and educate youth about the risks of using e-cigarettes and other vaping products.
Evers called on the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to:
  • Issue a consumer alert about the hazards of youth vaping.
  • Update consumer protection information to make it easier to report illegal e-cigarette and vaping product sales to young people.
  • Investigate manipulative advertising and scams targeting youth.
Yah, so ol'Tony wants the little darlings to stop vaping.

But it's not just "vaping" that's causing the health problems.

...Most of those lung illness cases have been linked to vaping products containing THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, federal officials say. And vitamin E acetate, an ingredient frequently added to bootleg THC vaping products, has been found to be a "very strong culprit" in the outbreak of lung injuries, according to the CDC....
The little darlings are trying to smoke dope without rolling their own.

Big Tobacco is unalterably opposed to vaping, for the obvious reason:  it's a path to quitting smoking.  We all know that the little darlings can get their mitts on tobacco very easily.  They can get their hands on guns, for that matter.

The Governor is not a very bright bulb.  But maybe someone can help him add 2+2 here.

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