Dear Editor: Mayor Soglin and the four members of the Planning Commission who voted the limit new vaping shops to particular parts of Madison are just simply wrong. My wife was a smoker of cigarettes for 20 years and now she vapes and hasn’t had a deadly cigarette for at least six months.

The main ingredients are propylene glycol, glycerin, water, nicotine, and flavorings — and, optionally, tobacco-derived nicotine. The liquid typically contains 95 percent propylene glycol and glycerin. E-liquid containing glycerin and water made without propylene glycol is also available.

There are several levels of nicotine in vaping, allowing the user to reduce their consumption of nicotine over a period of time with the purpose for consumers to ultimately stop vaping and smoking.

Vaping has killed no one, unlike alcohol; however, no one is willing to take on the alcohol producers or alcohol's availability (bars, grocery stores, big box retailers, etc.) Vaping does not kill. Drunk driving and excessive consumption does.

And while most politicians point to how small business drive job creation, the Planning Commission and Soglin look to run out of business the small independent, while creating an advantage for big corporate business.

We should be applauding vapers. They want to stop smoking and they support local independent business. I applaud vapers and especially my wife, who has gradually reduced her smoking and soon be not need vaping or cigarettes.

Bill Moberly

Madison

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