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.
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 The industry has voluntarily withdrawn — I dunno — bubblegum favors.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!