E-cig­a­rette com­pany has set up shop

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - INSIGHT - Ju­lia Lu­gos, Sun­ny­vale

Re­gard­ing “S.F. scru­ti­nizes vape maker Juul’s lease on Pier 70” (Busi­ness, Nov. 29) and “Big­ger va­por cloud car­ries more nico­tine” (Busi­ness, Nov 29): How did San Fran­cisco, lauded as a bea­con of progress and healthy liv­ing, let a tobacco com­pany dressed up as a tech com­pany set up shop in our own back­yard — all the while ad­dict­ing mil­lions of new young cus­tomers to their fun, cool-for-school e-cig­a­rette? If Al­tria Group pro­ceeds with its in­vest­ment in Juul Labs, we’ll have Big Tobacco right here in town. Should we still be so smug? and dev­as­ta­tion, so blam­ing the peo­ple be­ing af­fected and threat­en­ing them is not an ap­pro­pri­ate re­sponse.

Al­though this “poor for­est man­age­ment” may have been part of the cause, he did not ac­knowl­edge the larger is­sue of global warm­ing and climate change at all. I think that this re­sponse of blam­ing Cal­i­for­nia for the dev­as­tat­ing fires is a demon­stra­tion of the po­lit­i­cal trib­al­ism that is in­fect­ing our so­ci­ety. Trump took so long to have a re­sponse and ac­tu­ally go to Cal­i­for­nia (for the sec­ond time in his pres­i­dency, the first be­ing go­ing to the bor­der to make plans of his wall) be­cause it is a blue state. Our coun­try is so di­vided that we can­not even of­fer help to one an­other be­cause of the po­lit­i­cal pref­er­ence we have. Act now be­ing in­tro­duced in Con­gress by both Repub­li­cans and Democrats. This pol­icy puts a fee on fos­sil fu­els like coal, oil and gas. Money col­lected from the fee is al­lo­cated in equal shares ev­ery month to the Amer­i­can peo­ple so that low and mid­dlein­come folks will be bet­ter off fi­nan­cially. Ad­di­tional reg­u­la­tions on cov­ered car­bon emis­sions are pre­vented as long as emis­sion tar­gets are be­ing met.

Joshua Bright / New York Times

A Juul dis­play is shown in New York. San Fran­cisco of­fi­cials are concerned about the va­p­ing com­pany’s ex­pan­sion into city-owned prop­erty at Pier 70.

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