The most intolerant and anti-social in society - aided by their lack of intelligence and astounding gullibility - have, for years, enjoyed the services of a tobacco control industry to provide them with clichéd 'arguments' as to why their prejudice is merited.
Now, with the advent of e-cigs, they are lost. They are woefully incapable of adapting to this new environment and are reduced to flailing around and making themselves look the utter imbeciles they have always been.
The numpties were in early and often under this Guardian article yesterday (muppets in red, the sane in green). Enjoy.
RabbitP: I don't care what it does to its addicts, but I want this thing to be banned from all the places where conventional fags are banned. We used to be told that passive smoking was harmless. Now we know otherwise. So - we're now being told that passive inhalation of the nicotine-laden steam from these objects is harmless. I remain to be convinced.
Atom57: I was astonished to see a woman in her late 60s grab a sneaky puff in full view of my local hospitals reception desk while i was waiting for physio, and I believe they should be banned in public places.
Blossiekins: Why should they be banned? They're not harmful, they don't smell, they're not a fire hazard? Is it because it looks like smoking a cigarette? If so, that's a pretty feeble reason.
Novelist: Inhaling stuff = smoking.
Finn_Nielsen: No, inhaling stuff = breathing, mostly. You should probably revise for a biology GCSE.
Hairhorn: Sigh.... and we'll have to fight the second hand smoke fight all over again.
deadcatclub: They don't produce smoke, so I doubt that.
proudsonofduck: Are you aware that there is a difference between smoke and water vapour?
stripedone: More junk bought by hapless addicts in thrall to the corporate drug pushers. Brilliant how the tobacco industry has found a way to keep the addiction going.
scouseexile: I'd suggest you actually tried reading something about e-cigs other than newspapers, because everything in your first two sentences is wrong.
Novelist: What evidence is there that inhaling propylene glycol etc. is safe?
yesfuture: Asthma inhalersAnd my personal favourite, perhaps the real reason behind all of the ignorant and smirkworthy anti-comments above.
jebjew: Takes me back to my teenage years of sitting on the school bus and having to put up with the cooler school pupils smoking in my face.Because that seems to be what all this resurgence of Victorian lifestyle snobbery boils down to. The inadequate and anti-social desperately trying to protect their recently-acquired smugness over those who they see as having far too much fun. Now it's all getting away with vaping and they don't like it one little bit.
Happily, once these early mouth-breathers were effortlessly (and hilariously) slapped down, proper discussion from those able to debate rationally commenced.
It helps to prove none of this has never been about health, though. Just the ego-massaging of the most intolerant, gross and spoilt of the public against the majority of society who are far more accepting of free choices and aware of the fact that occasionally life is not about the world on a stick and a unicorn for Christmas.
Well, that and the protection of income streams for perennial state-funded snake oil salesman, of course.