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Reader's view: Editorial unfairly demonized e-cigarattes

I understand everyone is free to have an opinion, but don't most form their opinions based on research? How irresponsible for the News Tribune to publish such a blatantly wrong "opinion" on e-cigarettes as it did with the Sept. 8 "Our View" edito...

I understand everyone is free to have an opinion, but don't most form their opinions based on research? How irresponsible for the News Tribune to publish such a blatantly wrong "opinion" on e-cigarettes as it did with the Sept. 8 "Our View" editorial, "Obvious danger requires fair and responsible rules."

The editorial not only discredited the newspaper but made the city of Duluth look like a community incapable of researching facts and having sound opinion.

I cannot fathom how on earth the News Tribune came up with such a strong negative opinion about a potentially life-saving product. I understand e-cigarettes, or personal vaping devices, may not be everyone's cup of tea, but the next time the News Tribune editorial board forms an opinion on behalf of the newspaper it can try to do it based on facts and science rather than on what Duluth City Councilors Jennifer Julsrud and Linda Krug and the American Lung Association's Jill Doberstein says.

I won't bother sending all the studies because I am sure the newspaper will be flooded with all of that from other people of the vaping community. I doubt the Opinion page staff and its editorial board members even have the decency to look at the studies anyway, considering they already formed such strong opinions about a product they clearly know nothing about.

It's unfortunate. The News Tribune truly has done a disservice to itself and the community. I'd encourage everyone to look at mnvapers.com, ask questions, and get the truth about e-cigarettes.

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Rachel Benoit

Ham Lake, Minn.

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