Paul W. Smith: Vape ban could lead to all kinds of regulations

Paul W. Smith

“Outta’ my mind on a monday moanin’”

In June, San Francisco became the first major city in the United States to ban sales of e-cigarettes. Now, Michigan is the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told my radio audience that our state's chief medical officer told her youth vaping constituted a public health emergency. This lead the governor to use her executive authority to order the Department of Health and Human Services to "ban the flavored e-cigarettes, to restrict advertising and the misleading advertising that they’re engaged in, that it’s 'healthy' or that it’s 'good for you.'"

It’s easier than ever for kids to vape right under their parents’ and teachers’ noses.

The governor went on to say she wants vaping products to be treated like cigarettes and come with a surgeon general warning, but she wasn’t waiting for the federal government to act. As you might imagine, this has caused lots of conversations about all the other things out there that are bad for us, and how we don't regulate or outlaw them.


Speaking of San Francisco, proving we don’t want to always follow their lead, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution officially designating the National Rifle Association as a domestic terrorist organization. (And Antifa is an upstanding member of the community?)

If you’ve listened to my radio show, you know I’m not shy about sharing my opinion. After all, I’m not a NEWScaster, I’m an OPINIONcaster.

It’s long been my belief that (in moderation) butter is far better for you than margarine; regular gum, rather than “sugar free”; aspirin, rather than ibuprofen or acetaminophen; and regular pop over diet pop.

Research is leaning my way.

Paul W. Smith is the host of "The Paul W. Smith Show" on WJR-AM (760) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.