Nothing gets politicians or wanna be politicians more excited than a new crisis. And fortunately, as we head into the fall election cycle, we have one in Johns Creek.
Vaping is a choice, made by individuals, whom we give the right to drive vehicles that weigh thousands of pounds at high speeds that can kill instantly. We also give those individuals the right to terminate a pregnancy, go swimming, ride bicycles, and choose the foods that they consume.
The scope of this vaping “crisis” pales in comparison to a real crisis. First and foremost, the individuals can manage their own risk by stopping. As a parent, you can help by informing your children of their risks.
In 2017, 2,734 teenagers were killed in traffic accidents. That is 7.5 per day.
In 2019, there have been 26 vaping deaths reported(adults and teenagers). That works out to 0.09 deaths per day.
The death rate for traffic accidents for teens is 83 times higher than the death rate for all vaping deaths over the last twelve months.
One would think if the media and the politicians were interested in saving lives, then focus on that item which could save the most lives. However they never seem able to do that.
It’s about sensationalism and emotionalism.
We do not need sensationalism and emotionalism in elected officials. It generates knee jerk reactions to situations we would not even need to address if the individuals affected just took responsibility for their own actions.
And in this instance, it’s the same individuals we are willing to give a driver’s license to.
Logic needs to rule the day when it comes to public policy making and not emotion.