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Reader's view: E-cigs still are cigarettes

Banning electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, in public buildings in

St. Louis County is a great idea (“St.Louis County says no to e-cigs,” May 13).

I am a 17-year-old student from Cloquet Senior High School. When I see someone smoking, whether he or she is smoking a combustible cigarette or an e-cig, I look at him or her the same way: as someone smoking. Kids my age and younger do not look at e-cigs as if they are a healthy alternative. Banning e-cigs in public buildings shows kids they should not smoke.

Allowing e-cigs in public buildings opens a whole new world for kids to be exposed to people who smoke.

I realize e-cigs are a great way to steer away from smoking real cigarettes. It is great we have an alternative. But when kids see an adult smoking an e-cig, they still think that he or she is smoking, regardless of what type of “cigarette” it is. In our minds, e-cigs are still cigarettes. That is why they should be held to the same standards.

Collin Trout