The Law Of Unintended Consequences

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Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Would you take your dog for a walk or your car for a drive with a blindfold on?

Of course not.

If you’re a remotely responsible adult, you consider the potential risks and consequences of your actions at all times.

Too bad this makes you unqualified to work in the upper echelons of the e-cigarette industry, which has been making billions from peddling a product that health officials now believe may be a serious health hazard.

It’s amazing. They’ll spend many millions on hiring the likes of Martha Coakley to cover their rear ends, and running ad campaigns insisting that the health of their customers is a top priority.

But spend some dough to determine in advance whether their product is safe, and maybe lose a few points in profit by declining to peddle it to kids?

Are you kidding?

Did they intend to sicken people?

Probably not, any more than the Baker administration, moving quickly to address an exploding public health crisis, meant to deprive chronic pain sufferers of relief by abruptly banning marijuana vape sales.

But they did, a reminder of the law of unintended consequences.

Luckily, I think we can count on Baker and his people to try to fix their mistake by setting up a way for those poor folks to get exempted from the ban.

No such luck with the e-cigarette predators.

They will go to their graves insisting their unsafe product is safe, even as too many of their customers go to theirs.

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday mornings at :55 minutes past the hour. Listen to his previous podcasts on iHeartRadio.

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