E-cigarette shop owner compares vaping to farting

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For better or worse, farting is legal pretty much everywhere and will be for the foreseeable future. Vaping is also legal, but it's becoming increasingly restricted.

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The latest city to clamp down on vaping is Rochester. According to a KAAL TV report, the city council there recently banned e-cigarette smoking in five places: Peace Plaza, the Rochester Public Library, Mayo Campus, bus shelters, and riverside concerts by the Civic Center.

A Rochester council member explained the restrictions thus: "Most of the places where we have these [bans] there's a lot of kids around, and I think that in both the case of e-cigs, which are basically a drug delivery device, they just didn't want them in the proximity of children."

But that doesn't sit well with Tory Keefe, owner of the Vapin Midwest store in Rochester, who compared vapin' with tootin'.

"I'm just worried about our government," Keefe told KAAL. "How many more rules and regulations? How long until flatulence is illegal?"

To answer Keefe's question, when people start smoking farts, that's when.

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Michael O'Leary Jr.
Michael O'Leary Jr.

Well, that comparison is pretty ruthless. My farts are way, way worse than the vapor from my e-cig. Also, I will never call what I do "vaping". Ever.

Rachael Ann
Rachael Ann

Michael O'Leary Jr.. Excuse yourself Sir! Ha.

lonesomedrifter666
lonesomedrifter666

This whole crackdown on Ecigs is just to get you to buy cigarettes again because if you're not smoking cigarettes you're not paying a tax to the state. Where most of these public facilities get their money from. Just because it's not illegal to smoke my Ecig in Walmart doesn't mean I do it. there is a time and a place for it. A bar sure, the mall, no. 

robert.moffitt
robert.moffitt

E-cig stories certainly bring out the colorful comments, eh?

TValP
TValP

@balance55113 You just made my day, I just laughed so hard I cried a little. Thank you!


Michael Lynch
Michael Lynch

John Hodgman discussed e-cigarette etiquette, and also used the flatulence comparison, in episode 75, "Cigaretiquette", of his Judge John Hodgman podcast. His decision is worth a listen for anyone interested in the e-cigarette debate.

tallrat
tallrat

@balance55113 Do you have scientific data on that or are you just pulling it out of your ass?

madluthier
madluthier

But we don't have scientific proof on that. There have not been enough studies.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

E-cigs are silent and don't smell like farts, ass clown!

TValP
TValP

@mingtran What does that have to do w/ anything that actually negatively impacts health?

dano1000000
dano1000000

@TValP @balance55113 @mingtran Since nicotine is in many of the vegetables we encourage our children to eat, your statement that "There is NO safe level of nicotine" is patently false. Furthermore, their has been no measurable levels of nicotine in second hand vapor. I happen to use a ecig without any nicotine, I walk to work, and heat with a geo-thermal system, so I am confident you are putting more harmful things into "the children's" air than I.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Thanks for proving how trendy you are

TValP
TValP

@mingtran wow, you truly love making pointless statements don't you? Things I am involved in (from grass root organizing all the way to board service): early childhood education, anti-GMO, support of organic farming, getting single mothers training for better jobs, LGBTQ health advocacy and policy work.  Those are things that I actually put real work into. I have just expressed an opinion on this topic.  You, however, have neither accomplished proving any point or stance in this exchange, nor have you done or said anything of importance about any other topic other than to say that we should be focusing on it (which you yourself are not even doing!) Going back to your original post, I think we have truly found the real "ass hat."  Now on to better things that indulging your diatribe....

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Anyone who understands the enormity of our drinking water problem would not have the patience for an insignificant issue such as this. You are all about being trendy, not about what actually matters.

Don't respond back, you have nothing to say.

TValP
TValP

@mingtran Wow, you are a serious piece of work...what the fuck do you know about my stance on drinking water or anything else aside from e-cigs?  Please go back under the rock.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Oh you're in a tizzy alright. If you're actually serious about this issue, you'd better be REALLY pissed about the state of our public drinking water... But you're not

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Both issues are very relevant to the scenario. Precedent and prudence. I wouldn't expect you to understand.

If you're so worried about public health when it comes to vape, one would also surmise you'd be equally concerned about public health when it comes to farts. If people cqn fart in public, why can't they vape? I have a right to fart free air.

Trendy people always lose.

TValP
TValP

@mingtran Dude, is it possible for you to have a conversation w/out cutting people down?  A "tizzy," "confused?" I'm neither. I think I've outlined the reasons I'm for having these devices banned in public places and that's all the time I care to spend on the topic.  If you're so worried about the debt ceiling, why don't you stop responding and talking about "farts." Unreal.

balance55113
balance55113

People change the subject when they have lost a debate..which you have done twice 1.Junk food 2.Debt ceiling. Peace

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Farts contain trace amounts of fecal matter. Ban public farting, then I'd be down with banning public vaping.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Don't work yourself into a tizzy and get confused here. There is nothing that necessarily says nicotine is bad, but that the delivery system has trace amounts of chemicals that are far less worrisome than cigarettes.

Shouldn't we be worrying about the debt ceiling?

balance55113
balance55113

@mingtran fast food is a choice. Breathing in other people's toxic vapor is not by choice.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

So many variables, such minute threat. Junk food is probably worse, but gov makes tons of money on that.

TValP
TValP

@balance55113 @mingtran Exactly and what proof do you have that they're NOT bad for you?  Overlord my ass, we're talking about something very simple here.  There is NO safe level of nicotine. Children do not need to be exposed to any of this.  No one is saying "make them illegal!" What people are asking is that you keep your poison away from the rest of us and from children.  I don't give a shit what you do in your house, your car or places that aren't "public" place we ALL have to share.  Pretty simple stuff really....


mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Much better questions are these: where is the proof that e-cig vapir is bad for a body? Why do you feel it necessary to overlord over others?

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