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City Councils vs E-cig

Here comes another crazy anti-ecig  wave. But this one has gone totally wild, encouraged by latest WHO shenanigans in Moscow 

This was to be expected. Attempts to bash e-cigarettes from WHO, EU, FDA, MHRA and similar abbreviated behemoths have been spilling  over into media and towards lower levels for years. Now the western part of the globe has city councils -  or whatever their name is where you live - trying to regulate e-cigarettes according to the level of autonomy they have. And some have much of it.  

Normally I don't mind  regulations and autonomies, but I believe regulators should do some honest getting to know both the subject and what their voters think, before they start exercising their autonomous muscles.

City Councils Thinking "Outside The Box"

City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown said Thursday that she would introduce legislation that would put a $2 tax on e-cigarettes and a tax on the liquid nicotine they use — with the levy going directly to the underfunded Philadelphia school district.

"When we know our school district is starving for revenue," Brown said Wednesday, "every penny counts. We have to think outside the box and come up with new reoccurring revenue streams."

Philly  News and Opinion

Well,  thanks for the education, Councilwoman. It's never late to learn something new. I was deluded into believing that thinking outside the box was something completely different. It never crossed my mind that it meant grabbing money from other people's pockets without even trying much.

On a more serious note, let me tell you something here - pickpockets are doing more honest job than many of you politicians. If nothing, they put some actual effort in each and every one of their actions.

And you?

You just come with your sweet new regulation you may have put a session or two of efforts into, tax the already taxed customers or do some more damage to already overtaxed small retailers.

For months, years, sometimes decades, every single item purchased brings you the moolah to continue pretending that you really care (this time about the school district.) I'm sure all those before you were also equally openly and painfully expressing their concern. Then why is it in such shambles still?

So, I'm pretty sure that no matter how much of e-cig customers' money you put into it this time, with such city consiglieres your school district will continue to starve as you put it. It doesn't matter where you are -  US, Europe,  New Zealand, China, Australia. As if we all didn't have our share of the likes of you.

Also, while introducing your regulations, it seems totally irrelevant to you whether you know anything about the subject. Probably not in this case, but who the heck cares. I would be unable to open my mouth in public if I didn't know at least the answers to some basic questions. Like, what is electronic cigarette, what's in it and why it was invented in the first place. Then, of course, I would act and speak in accordance with that knowledge. But that's just me, I suppose.

For politicians, this is not the first attempt at reaching a decision that's either ignorant or corrupt. Or both? When WHO can act so blatantly stupid, why wouldn't you. 

However, this City Council situation is a child's play compared to the following mess on steroids.


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