Vape ’em if you got ’em

 But weed is legal?

Dave Zweifel tells the story from when he was a cub newspaper reporter in Madison WI in the early 1960s. He asked the city editor, Where are the ash trays?

The crusty old editor snapped his own cigarette between thumb and forefinger, propelling the burning fag through the air and onto a paper-strewn file cabinet. “You’re standing in it,” he explained.

Blaska had quit filters to mainline Pall Malls and English Ovals before smoking was banned at The Capital Times newsroom in the late 1980s. We quit cold turkey at age 38 and never looked back. Don’t worry, the proprietor of this virtual newsstand retains enough bad habits to shame a junkie. But maybe we’ll live a little bit longer so as to provoke more liberals.

Doctor recommends Camel cigarettes

So, explain the the government’s war on electronic cigarettes like we were 5 years old. Please! The Food & Drug Administration is pushing Juul out of business because … O.K. Kids are vaping. The industry has voluntarily withdrawn — I dunno — bubblegum favors. WI state law says can’t sell under age 18.

Q. What’s the problem? A. Nicotine.

Nicotine IS addictive. But that’s it. Doesn’t make you want to kill for it. Any health risks are speculative and are dwarfed by cigarettes, in which the nicotine addicts you to keep ingesting their proven toxic components. “Smoke for the nicotine and die from the tar,” as Holmen Jenkins puts it in today’s Wall Street Journal.

Nicotine doesn’t intoxicate. It doesn’t addle judgment. It’s mildly stimulating and calming at the same time, relieves anxiety and sadness, improves memory and motor performance in the short term, and may have benefits for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Tourette’s and ulcerative colitis.

Vaping helps smokers quit cigarettes

At the same time, the FDA is ratcheting down the allowable nicotine in cigarettes, forcing tobacco addicts to smoke more for the same kick. (What they don’t get from champagne. Mere alcohol doesn’t thrill them at all.)

Says the Manhattan Institute: “The apparent contradiction of targeting both cigarettes and vaping, when the latter reduces the harm of the former, sent many reeling. But it’s characteristic of the administration’s often incoherent moves in this area.” The Werkes asks:  Isn’t fentanyl a more urgent problem? Q. How many states have legalized recreational marijuana? (A. 19.)

Blaska’s Bottom Line to indentured field hands: Buy out the inventory at Juul! We’ll emulate Old Joe Kennedy before Prohibition! Basements stacked with vials of the juice! We’ll be rich, I tells ya!

What were YOU smoking?

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10 Responses to Vape ’em if you got ’em

  1. Montgomery Scott says:

    Smoking tobacco products and inhaling the chemicals and ash (and I assume the same with marijuana) damages the lungs. Vaping doesn’t have the smoke, but it does have diacetyl in the flavoring. Diacetyl is the same flavoring chemical used to give the buttery flavoring in microwave popcorn. It also occurs naturally in coffee beans. Diacetyl destroys the lungs in a different way than smoking does. Vapers, particularly young ones, and workers at factories that make microwave popcorn and workers who roast and grind coffee beans, have had their lungs destroyed by diacetyl.


    • richard lesiak says:

      There you go talking facts again. Get ready for another insane reply from crotch in 3…2…1…


  2. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    As usual, the Blogge Idiot is in possession of no earthly clue on the subject, has less than nothing to contribute, yet slobbers away notwithstanding?


    The Gotch

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  3. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    Only a generationally illiterate, blithering imbecile would be unable to discern that The Gotch posted no reference whatsoever regarding the information that the talented Herr Scott supplied.

    The Blogge Idiot was laughably unable to discern that The Gotch posted no comment whatsoever regarding the information that the talented Herr Scott supplied.

    Solve for X

    The Gotch


  4. One eye says:

    Weed not legal, not federally anyway.


  5. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    There exist all manner of vaping alternatives to JUUL, some of them even chosen not to stealth-market their products to kids.

    The Gotch (non-tobacco user since age 19!)


  6. Bill Cleary says:

    I used to smoke, used to use chewing tobacco and all sorts of other things when I was growing up. Finally stopped using when my girl friend, now wife, convinced me that she did not like kissing an ashtray. (Boy, what an incentive to stop smoking that was!)

    My father was a four pack a day man. He would smoke and eat at the same time. I dare say it was what did him in.

    My mom used to smoke but has not for quite some time. Now is into natural cures for what ails you.

    Have never vaped and will not even try it. Don’t want to go down a path that leads me to self destruction.

    Have met people that smoke a pipe or two at the end of a day. I find that relaxing if you can keep it to just one or two pipes at the end of a day but not too many of us can. Smoking, like alcohol, is addictive. Once you start smoking, like drinking, it is hard to stop. Better to not indulge in either if you want to maintain your health.


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