To the editor of THE EAGLE:

I applaud CVS’ decision to ban tobacco products from their inventory and think all stores that contain a pharmacy should ban tobacco products. However, James Wilusz, director of the Tri-Town Health Department is wrong on e-cigarettes (Eagle, Feb. 17). This product was thought up as an alternative to smoking Big Tobacco’s cancer sticks. These manufacturers never stated that they were any kind of method to help a person quit smoking. While the FDA has not approved this product it has not condemned it either, only stating there are trace amounts of nicotine present.

Does this make them addictive and make you want to smoke tobacco cigarettes? Probably not, but this is the smokescreen Mr. Wilusz and other anti-tobacco advocates are employing, so I guess we’ll have to ask Walgreens and CVS to pull Nicoderm patches along with Nicorette gum, lozenges and any other such products from their shelves because all of these products contain much higher levels of nicotine than e-cigarettes.

Why not condemn the sale of anything containing caffeine, a stimulant, and sugar, a useless carbohydrate contributing to the country’s obesity problem? Since more and more grocery stores are putting in pharmacies I guess we will have to ask them to pull coffee, energy drinks, candy, soda and so on as surely these products are not good for you. This is absurd, but what anti-tobacco advocates are trying to do with e-cigarettes is equally absurd.

So why do advocates want to ban a vapor product that has no cancer-causing ingredients from use in public places? My guess is that it is because they don’t want to see anything that remotely looks like a cigarette used in public.

SCOTT R. THERRIEN

Adams