Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

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April 7, 2014

Letters to the Editor - April 6, 2014

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Dear Editor,

I would like to thank the mayor and the city council for permitting me to appear before the council and give a presentation on the danger of electronic cigarettes, also called “e-cigarettes.”

I have no reason to question the statements at last Tuesday’s city council meeting by the two owners of local e-cigarettes shops that they are self-regulating the sale of these products to minors.

But I would remind everyone that history has shown that self-regulating of tobacco and alcoholic products did not and does not work, and the little bottle of nicotine and what else no one knows that is used in the “e-cigarettes” can in a very short time kill or cause permanent damage to a body.

The FDA’s analyzed the ingredients in a small sample of cartridges from two leading brands of electronic cigarettes. In one sample, the FDA’s found diethylene glycol, a chemical used in antifreeze that is toxic to humans.

I urge the city council to take quick action on a city code that would prohibit the sale of these products to minors.

Charles Thompson

Mineral Wells

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