Some notes from people interested in the P-B Dialogues event at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Rochester Public Library, regarding e-cigarettes:
I'm wondering if we aren't able to attend the forum Wednesday, is there any way to get notes or view it online? Just wondering if it will be taped or if there is a way to access notes.
Turns out the emailer is a school counselor in the Winona area who says, "This is a HOT topic that is influencing our schools."
A note from a Rochester reader:
A previous commitment is keeping me from Wednesday evening's Dialogue, but I'm wondering if anyone on the panel is aware of a Minnesota legislator who might be drafting legislation to ban the use of e-cigarettes in public places or amending the current Clean Indoor Air Act to include e-cigarettes.
I believe New Jersey banned e-cigarette use in public places and sales to minors in 2010. There's an excellent white paper on electronic smoking devices and the jurisdictions that have restricted their use at http://www.njgasp.org/E-Cigs_White_Paper.pdf.
Please keep the Dialogue forums coming. The topics you've selected and presenters chosen are first rate. Thanks!
Here's a note from Massachusetts -- this online reader clearly won't be at the library Wednesday night and passed along these comments and questions:
I would like to know why those in public health keep equating nicotine use with smoking tobacco? Nicotine is not what causes the harmful effects of smoking. I would also like to ask why it's acceptable for someone to be on methadone for the rest of their lives, but Tobacco Harm Reduction is not embraced? Is it due to the fact that sin tax dollars and grant funding money is affected?
And one more question, I have heard time and time again that those who use electronic cigarettes should not do so in public places and should be "sent to the smoking areas" if second hand smoke is so dangerous then why should someone who no longer smokes be exposed to it...especially someone who uses an electronic cigarette with no nicotine it?
And one of the panelists, Tory Keefe, who owns Vapin Midwest in Rochester, says he's heard an official with a national e-cig advocacy group may attend.