Jim covered Congress and The White House during the George W. Bush administration for The Washington Times, and worked as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California. He has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, and many local and national talk radio shows to talk politics and policy.
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If you missed The Five today, you missed an EPIC rant by the great Greg Gutfeld. His segment was about New York City banning the use of electronic cigarettes in public places this week — Nurse Bloomberg’s last hurrah before ceding the mayor’s office to an even more dedicated leftist.
Why ban e-cigs, which deliver nicotine to the user and results in the harmless exhale of water vapor? Because it looks like one is really smoking cigarettes … and that would send a bad message to anyone who happens to observe it. Seriously. That’s the mayor’s and city council’s justificaiton. That fact sent Gutfeld off the edge, prompting what is undoubtedly a righteous and hilarious Top 5 Greatest Rant from a master of the genre.
Gutfeld is angry, and rightly so, because “vaping” electronic cigarettes is harmless to anyone around them. There is no second-hand smoke, only second-hand water vapor. As Gutfeld says, if you want to ban e-cigs, then bad tea pots!
Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Dr. Brad Rodu, Endowed Chair in Tobacco Harm Reduction Research at the University of Louisville’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center, has testified and written often about how e-cigarettes help transition smokers away from inhaling harmful, flaming tobacco and get nicotine in a safer way. But, as Gutfeld notes, the free market has devised a way to get people to stop smoking cigarettes … and the government comes down and smashes it.
I don’t want to give away any more of what Gutfeld says. You need to watch it below.
[HT for the clip: yazchattiest via his Youtube Channel]