A recent article at Spiked-Online by Patrick West basically says that a move to ban or to curtail electronic cigarettes is cruel and brutal madness. According to West, ecigs are among the greatest inventions ever.
If Smokers Will Switch to Ecigs
If smokers will switch to electronic cigarettes, there will be over 50,000 lives that can be saved every year in Britain. This was the conclusion that a group of experts have come up with in their article on the Addiction journal. They responded to the report of World Health Organization that calls for the use of ecigs to be banned in indoor public places as they could act as gateway to real cigarettes or could normalize smoking.
The Attacks on Ecigs
In February, European Union passed laws regulating sale of ecigs and amount of nicotine in the cartridges. The legislation to regulate ecigs as medicines was dropped during the last moment. Recently, Royal Society for Public Health also called for ecigs to be renamed as nicotine sticks so they will be less attractive to the youth. A new report from Columbia University suggested that vaping is a gateway to the use of illegal drugs although the study did not test ecigs for such.
Giving Credits to Ecigs
Professor Ann McNeill from King’s College London’s national addiction centre stated that she was shocked by the WHO review. It is estimated that the concentration of toxins in ecigs is 1/20-1/1,000 than what is found in cigarette smoke.
Nicotine is only as addictive as caffeine. Ecigs have no tar and only have very low levels of carcinogens. Cigarettes have always been known as a suicidal and expensive killer.
Professor Robert West of University College London stated that people had become emotional regarding this because they have a puritanical view that everything related to nicotine is harmful and bad; and should, therefore, be banned. It is as if health campaigners are begrudging people who are enjoying the smoking experience without it causing them harm.
Ban Happy Culture
The campaign against ecigarettes is absurd and it reflects the ban-happy culture that we have come to embrace. Also, it is a symptom of the precautionary principle prevalence that everything not proven safe is considered dangerous.
Ecigarettes do not glamorize or normalize smoking and they only normalize only ecigarettes. In the UK, more than 2 million people are now using ecigs. There are available data and abundant testimony that ecigs are exit devices from smoking and not into it.
Personal Vaping Experience
West also added in his article that he started smoking back in 1991 when he was only 17 years old. He did it like other teenagers who merely wanted to fit in with his peers and with the lack of foresight. He periodically tried to give up, but all his attempts to end his 20 cigarettes a day habit all failed.
Then in 2012, he befriended someone on social media who sent him an ecigarette. His first puff from an ecig and last puff from a cigarette was on December 11 of that year. He still has some smoking nightmares up to now. Also, he has just managed to also give up vaping this year. He is now on his third month of being nicotine-free.
Ecigs are probably one of the greatest inventions there are. He said they are real miracle cure and plainly overnight solution. West is not the only one who thinks of this. He personally looked up on Twitter to see what Twitters tweet about ecigarettes.
One Twitter is a 28-year smoker and had the first ecigarette in January 2013.From the moment he started vaping, he knew he will never smoke another cigarette again. Another Twitter had been a 1.5 pack a day smoker for 22 years, but managed to stop smoking overnight using ecigarettes; and has been using ecigs for 2.5 years now.