To the editor:

While sitting inside at a local bar and grill (I will not mention the business name), I noticed a plume of smoke. I wasn’t paying too much attention at first since it was crowded, yet after a few minutes, I noticed in another area of the family room, a cloud of smoke appeared.

I began to take notice. There were approximately four different people using e-cigarettes that night. I started to look online about the smoking policy in Fort Wayne. Unfortunately, it does not include e-cigarettes/vaping in the policy. I admit I don’t know much of what is in e-cigarettes, but if you are inhaling it for recreational purposes, most likely it’s not good for the person doing the act and for the people around them.

So off to Google I go. There are tons of different articles and research on the subject. Did you know second-hand smoke is just as bad, if not worse than cigarettes? A couple of my finds: “If you are around somebody who is using e-cigarettes, you are breathing an aerosol of exhaled nicotine, ultra-fine particles, volatile organic compounds, and other toxins.” Breathing in aerosol — like hairspray? Umm, no thanks.

In 2016, the surgeon general concluded that secondhand emissions contain "nicotine; ultrafine particles; flavorings such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease (popcorn lung); volatile organic compounds such as benzene, which is found in car exhaust; and heavy metals, such as nickel, tin and lead."

Recently, I read an article on the constricting of blood vessels for the person vaping. I guess this whole experience greatly opened my eyes to what e-cigs (electronic cigarettes) do and can do to people. It’s cigarettes all over again. Soon enough it will feel like we are back in the day of the cigarette haze … have you been to the mall lately? I guess the 80’s look is coming back.

It is time to catch up with the times and to include e-cigarettes. Have you seen the stats on youth and e-cigs (JUUL) up 78% in the last year? Houston, there’s a problem. Who’s fixing this problem here?

Glenda Bishop

Fort Wayne

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