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We Were at a Press Conference!

Posted By Jonathan Noel, Friday, April 11, 2014
To kick off National Public Health Week, we were able to attend the press conference where Sen. Blumenthal and Rep. Esty unveiled their proposed e-cigarette legislation, and it was a very interesting environment to be in.

I've never been to a press conference, never seen the lights, the cameras, or the microphones.  The prepared remarks were pretty boilerplate.  We want to protect kids.  Kids are using e-cigarettes.  We need to stop kids from using e-cigarettes.  But the entertaining part had to have been the question and answer session.

Some of the reporters had very good, legitimate questions.  The 2 e-cigarette people who tried to make a scene?  Not so much.   One was from the Hartland Institute, a thinktank funded by the tobacco companies.  his argument was that since he quit smoking (still addicted to nicotine mind you) using watermelon flavored e-cigarettes, everyone should be allowed to have watermelon flavor.  He couldn't see, and probably will never see, that fruit and candy flavors make it easier for ANYONE to use e-cigarettes, not just former smokers.  He couldn't see that the baseline level for use among adolescents in nothing, and based on his comments, he made it seem like everyone is or is going to be a tobacco smoker.

Now, the other guy...he actually made a valid point.  He just didn't do his homework.  He asked why Congress wasn't going after alcohol companies for putting flavors in their products that could be attractive to kids.  I have to say, I agree with him.  We probably should talk about instituting a ban on flavors in alcohol products, but what he didn't realize is that alcohol marketing is already regulated, even if it is only marginal regulation.  It didn't help that he came wearing jeans and a wringled, unbuttoned shirt.  I know, I know.  He's just expressing who he is.  But if he wanted to be taken seriously, he probably should have dressed the part.

If you're interested in the legislation or want to see how the press conference went, follow the links below to articles and videos about the event.

http://courantblogs.com/capitol-watch/blumenthal-esty-push-for-new-e-cigarette-regulations/

http://ctmirror.org/esty-introduces-e-cigarette-bill/

http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/blumenthal_esty_tackle_bubblegum_flavored_e-cigarettes/

http://www.wfsb.com/story/25093297/18-million-students-have-tried-e-cigarettes

http://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=1260&DateTime=4%2F7%2F2014+5%3A58%3A01+PM&LineNumber=&MediaStationID=1260&playclip=True&RefPage=

http://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=1260&DateTime=4%2F7%2F2014+12%3A02%3A04+PM&LineNumber=&MediaStationID=1260&playclip=True&RefPage=

http://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=1270&DateTime=4%2F7%2F2014+11%3A03%3A52+AM&LineNumber=&MediaStationID=1270&playclip=True&RefPage=

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