Things that make you go hmmm?

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

I understand that governments are starting to ban the sales of e-cigarettes and other vaping products.  There have been deaths that have been connected to vaping and vaping products, depending on whose statistics you use, in the single or double digits.

That means that somewhere between 1 and 99 people have died directly related to vaping.

Now, I don't want to minimize those deaths, nor the dangers of vaping. Personally it seems like a collosally stupid pastime.... but hey, that's just me.

But it begs the question, at least for me, that since we can easily point to thousands, and thousands of deaths (maybe even millions) from smoking tobacco and related products... not "e" products... but actual cigarettes, etc... and they are still legal... I have to wonder what the heck is going on?

Now, maybe it's because the vaping industry is merely in its infancy and doesn't have the funds or the lobbying power of the tobacco industry.  But if the logic being used is "danger" and "deaths".... things that make you go hmmmmm

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Alan May ,

You are so right! I've been pondering this since the deaths from vaping came into the news. Certainly these deaths are not taken lightly but if they are going to ban vaping then why not smoking tobacco and related products? Doesn't make sense???

Sep 24, 2019 04:07 PM #1
Leif Price
Chirpy Home - Portland, OR
Blogger at Chirpy Home

These topics are just some of the "shaking my head" moments. Because the logic escapes me. 

Sep 24, 2019 06:18 PM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Alan- excellent point. Ahhhh as always $$ speaks. 

Sep 24, 2019 06:33 PM #3
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

and can you explain to me why anyone is surprised that when you put nicotine in your body bad things happen? 

Sep 24, 2019 06:54 PM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

It's a dilemma for sure, Alan. I've been thinking this myself with all the news on vaping recently.

Sep 25, 2019 04:41 AM #5
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

That makes me go hmmm about why we have not tightened up gun laws either, while still respecting peoples second amendment rights.

Sep 25, 2019 04:56 AM #6
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Hello Alan. All I can say to your common sense ask of hmmmm is bingo! Enjoy your day.

Sep 25, 2019 07:37 AM #7
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Ick. It's all stinky to me!

Sep 26, 2019 08:35 AM #8
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


                                           Thank you, Alan. 

Sep 28, 2019 07:41 PM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Alan. I don't get it either. Your point is really well made.

Sep 29, 2019 04:47 AM #10
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Good point. Vaping has been getting very popular, and is taking $$ away from the cigarette industry.... hmmmmm

Sep 29, 2019 07:02 AM #11
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Occassionaly, I can smell that sickeningly sweet vaping odor when I am stuck in traffic and somebody has their window down. Generally, it's a  young person. I think that's part of the current panic - vaping products, not well regulated and marketed toward a younger generation. Not saying cigarettes or chew are any better, but that might be part of the current action we're seeing. I do see your point too. 

Sep 29, 2019 08:06 AM #12
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Totally get your point here, Alan.  Many, many things kill people yet the government chooses what to ban.  Maybe they need to outlaw stupidity and people would stop dying.

Sep 29, 2019 08:09 AM #13
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

I am surprised it has taken this long to build up a head of steam on this subject. No-pun intended or is it?

Sep 29, 2019 08:21 AM #14
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

I read a study done by the British equivalent of the National Institute of Health. It said vaping as bad as it is, was 95% safer than cigarettes!

Sep 29, 2019 09:02 AM #15
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRS, Broker, Instructor
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

I don't get the whole vaping craze - I just don't. Did they not learn how bad cigarettes are for ones health. Apparently not. I heard some crazy number of how many teens are vaping....not good. And people dying from vaping due to illegal substances?  Hmmmmmm

Sep 29, 2019 10:45 AM #16
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

No doubt a lot of things should be banned if they hurt you or someone else physically or psychologically.  But this is a 'free country' and we have the choice to make and must accept the consequences.  Vaping now is dangerous, as pointed out above, because there are 'aftermarket' sellers who will spike the sauce...

Sep 29, 2019 03:53 PM #17
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Yes the government the protector of all good and the banner of all evil.  Remember when eggs according to the government was bad and then good for you?  With this reasonsing, we better ban swimming pools, walking and less us not forget about cars.  I am with you Alan May  as I go hmm a lot.

Sep 30, 2019 06:04 AM #18
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Maybe they ought to allow chewing gum in school. Much safer.

Oct 01, 2019 05:43 AM #19
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