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Baltimore ignorant on 'vaping'

In response to the article, "Public 'vaping' limits sought" (Nov. 10), here is what we know about the subject: Vaping is here to stay and it's not going away, so why are we trying to regulate something that we hardly know anything about?

The assumption here is that it "might" be dangerous because it "might" be smoking and we don't know that it is not so it "must" be smoking so it "must" be dangerous. That is an argument from ignorance. Vaping and smoking are apples and oranges. They are not the same thing. They have the same end — the intake of nicotine — but not by the same means.

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We should be more focused on discovering more data to make rational decisions, not making conclusions about electronic cigarettes by their appearance. City government should stop trying to take more freedoms away on a "might" because in time that mentality can become a really slippery slope for other civil liberties as well.

Eric Langston, Pikesville

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