Electronic cigarettes

There has been a noticeable increase in the use of electronic cigarettes over the last few years. Is this a good thing, or a bad thing? Or something that needs to be looked into as part of a wider plan to improve the health of the nation.

  • Some people use them to try and get around tobacco smoking laws.
  • Some people try to use them to cut down tobacco smoking and to aim to cut out smoking cigarettes completely.
  • Some people have just switched from cigarette smoking to electronic cigarettes.

There are smokers who insist that they are allowed to smoke indoors with their e-cigarette. A large number of venues have upped their own rules to include banning the use of electronic smoking in their premises. I know a lot of non-smokers do not like to be around smokers’ smoke, and whether it is ‘real’ or ‘electronically created’ makes no odds to them.

For those trying to use e-cigarettes as their half-way house as a transition from smoking to their goal of not smoking, it is one option, but one that should be looked at closely as to what is actually in their device. E-cigarettes are not regulated in the way that nicotine replacement therapies (patches and gums) This article here looks into this further. http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2013/05/30/e-cigarettes-the-unanswered-questions/

There are some people who have just gone from buying normal cigarettes to the electronic alternative. One major e-cigarette retailer advertises that you could save between 57% and 92% by switching from cigarettes to their electronic version. When you look at the average number of cigarettes smoked a day (13) and the cost of that scaled up to a year it comes to approx. £1850 per year. That means that without this cost, you’d only need to find an extra £150 to get a holiday for two to Australia for a fortnight!

Regardless of whether you are a fan of smoking yourself, some people enjoy smoking and some other people are trying to get off their habit of smoking. A lot of non-smokers don’t like to be around the smoke and smell that smoke creates. Some people will try and cloud the argument with lots of different viewpoints and counter arguments for civil liberties and the right to choose etc.

My viewpoint

My angle is that I don’t smoke, I don’t like being around smoke, and that I am aware of the health dangers of smoking – not just to adults but especially more so for children. It is up to individuals to make the best decisions for themselves and their families. It is their responsibility to make informed decisions, and for them to seek the appropriate assistance should they choose to move away from their habit. I don’t believe it is best that e-cigarettes are not regulated in the same way that regular cigarettes and nicotine replacement therapies are. I don’t believe that loopholes should be in place that allow e-cigarettes to be used in places where tobacco cigarettes are not allowed.

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