I have waited a long time for this, but it has finally happened. A public policy maker has become the first to publicly embrace vaping as a public health strategy to combat cigarette smoking. Alameda County Board of Supervisors member Nate Miley was present at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of a new vaping store called Ready, Set, Vape in Castro Valley.
Supervisor Miley noted the controversy over e-cigarettes, but emphasized that he could not help but support an intervention that is helping smokers get off deadly cigarettes.
My relationship with Supervisor Miley goes back to 1992, when - as an Oakland City Council member - Nate played the lead role in spearheading the campaign to enact a smoke-free restaurant ordinance for the city of Oakland.
I already had an incredible amount of respect for Nate Miley, but this action increases that respect and appreciation even further. It was a courageous action and a true sign of leadership.
Finally, a public policy maker is willing to stand up against the destruction and deaths being caused by cigarette smoking. The FDA might not be willing. The CDC might not be willing. State health departments might not be willing. But Nate Miley is. Congratulations to him!