Drinking a can of soda looks very much like drinking a can of beer. But itís not. Likewise, puffing on an electronic cigarette to sate oneís urge for nicotine looks very much like smoking a real cigarette. But itís not.

Everyone acknowledges the health issues and costs associated with smoking tobacco. But the movement to shut down an extremely sensible alternative is totally misguided. Too often, the government rushes to tax, regulate or ban every product and practice. What is the problem with leaving the e-cigarette industry alone, allowing it to grow and help people quit smoking? Would that be such a bad thing?

OPINION: The irrational rush to ban e-cigarettes | Las Vegas Review-Journal