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Other States' AGs Take Action to Protect Public Health; Cuccinelli Works to Protect E-Cigarettes

by: lowkell

Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 15:28:42 PM EDT

As we know, Ken Cuccinelli's reign (of incompetence, warped priorities, divisiveness, etc.) as Virginia's Attorney General has been a case study in how not to focus on the right things, how not to set priorities, and how not to use taxpayer dollars effectively. With that in mind, you certainly won't be surprised - although you won't be happy! - to know that Cuccinelli has done it yet again.

This time, Cuccinelli was busy earning his taxpayer-funded salary working to ensure that people can smoke e-cigarettes in bars and restaurants in Virginia, despite the ban on smoking in bars and restaurants. Great, huh? Oh, and I'm sure this isn't a coincidence or anything, but Cuccinelli's efforts on behalf of e-cigarettes took place right before Cuccinelli's slimeball pal Jonnie Williams of Star Scientific filed a patent for...yes, e-cigarettes (as Julian Walker of the Virginian Pilot reported this morning)! Hmmm.

While Cuccinelli was fighting for Jonnie Williams' interests over the health of Virginians, other state's Attorneys General - of both parties, I might add - were busy actually - gasp! - doing their jobs, taking action against e-cigarettes and working to protect their states' citizens health and well being. Priorities, priorities, I guess.

Here are a few examples of other states' Attorneys General actually doing their job, working to protect public health and safety. I know, what a concept!

lowkell :: Other States' AGs Take Action to Protect Public Health; Cuccinelli Works to Protect E-Cigarettes
*In August 2010, Oregon's Attorney General, John Kroger, "announced agreements with Florida-based Smoking Everywhere, Inc. and its President, Elico Taieb, prohibiting the sale and distribution of its 'electronic cigarettes" in Oregon. According to a press release from the Oregon Department of Justice, ." Apparently, that's not something "This settlement will help protect our teens from unsafe productsKen Cuccinelli cares enough about to spend any time on.

*In August 2010, California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr.'s office "announced a settlement with Sottera, one of the country's largest electronic cigarette producers, to prevent the company from targeting minors, and from claiming that electronic cigarettes are a safe alternative to smoking. According to Brown, 'Electronic cigarette companies have targeted minors with fruit-flavored products and misleading claims that their products are safe...This settlement will stop Sottera from marketing these dangerous and addictive products to kids.'" Once again, and in stark contrast, Ken Cuccinelli was AWOL on this one.

*In August 2009, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal "vowed to 'vigorously fight to ban e-cigarettes, unless approved by the FDA, as well as any attempt to retail them in Connecticut.' He also plans to work with federal authorities to regulate their sales over the internet." Ken Cuccinelli? He was busy defending the e-cigarette companies and his slimeball pal Jonnie Williams' economic interests.

*In February 2011, Arizona Central reported on a state bill that would make it a petty offense for merchants to sell e-cigarettes to children. In the report, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne supported the bill, saying: "It seems like another way to get young people addicted to nicotine is by using these flavors to entice them to use these products."  But, once again, Ken Cuccinelli couldn't have cared less. Sensing a pattern here? Yeah, I thought so.

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Anti-Tobacco Zealots (0.00 / 0)
I'm not buying it Lowell.

The war against electronic cigarettes is a clear case of baptists and bootleggers. Anti-tobacco zealots that want to end any use of tobacco, regardless of new technologies reducing the risks, and the big tobacco companies that don't want to compete against new products.

Apparently nothing can be flavored these days without targeting children. That's why they have flavored condoms, right?  

You're entitled to your opinion, but... (0.00 / 0)
...I don't agree. Condoms are good things, as they prevent unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. Tobacco is just bad, nasty stuff, no matter how you look at it. Also, the ethics of this situation - Cuccinelli protecting the economic interests of his "friend," and of the ONE company that Cucc has invested money in, using the powers of the Attorney General's office - should make all of us queasy, especially when we see what other states' AGs are doing with regard to this product.  

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Carcinogens (0.00 / 0)
Tobacco is a carcinogen, as are many, many other products. Alcohol, for example, has also been found to be a carcinogen, and is offered in fruit flavors. And we have reasonable legal efforts to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors. What we don't do is BAN alcohol from offering fruit flavors. What I see are a bunch of nanny state liberals trying to squash a product they don't like.

This is NOT the ONE company that he has money invested in. It is the ONE company that he has sufficient holdings in, specifically, to warrant disclosure on his financial forms. There is a difference.

Democrats are trying to make this race about Cuccinelli somehow protecting the economic interests of his "friends," while totally ignoring that everything he has done is entirely consistent with being a small government conservative. And unless you believe that a consenting adult has no right to consume something that may cause harm to their own health, nothing Cuccinelli has done is against the public interest.

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Wow, can you use any more (0.00 / 0)
right-wing "frames" in one comment? I basically stopped reading after "nanny state liberals." Whatever...

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As someone who agrees with you on this issue.... (4.00 / 1)
along much the same lines of why we should support drug treatment rather than a massive war on drugs, I sympathize with your frustration about the focus on this issue by the campaigns instead of the issues that people truly care about, namely jobs and quality of life issues.

Not to mention, this is the cig equivalent of Zima or even O'Doul's we're talking about here.

"There may be similarities between conventional and some electronic cigarettes in the physical design and the nicotine release, which may approximate the same amount of nicotine as a conventional cigarette. There are many electronic cigarettes which do not resemble conventional cigarettes at all. The amount of nicotine contained can be chosen by the user, with some choosing no nicotine at all."

The issue should be the secondhand smoke. As long as it's the ones that don't disperse, why bother?

I'm not sure what these "right wing frames" are. There's nothing "right wing" about being "live and let live" to an extent. Most people are like that, I feel.  

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