Who  opposes e-cigarettes and what are their reasons for doing so?

Who opposes e-cigarettes and what are their reasons for doing so?

The general consensus of many experts these days is that e-cigarettes do not cause gum disease or lung cancer to users, nor do they produce ash, unpleasant smells or noxious fumes for people standing next or nearby. Many people, including some doctors and scientists think they could save thousands of lives, and should therefore be welcomed.

But now France has said it will prohibit “vaping” in public spaces, and Britain plans to regulate them as medicines from 2016.

Why do some people object to e-cigarettes?

There does not seem to be common ground between countries.  Austria and New Zealand classify them as medical devices and restrict their sale; Australia, Brazil, Lebanon and Singapore have banned them outright. Some airlines sell them on board, such as Ryan Air. Others have banned them, such as American Airlines and Scandinavian Airlines.

Back in 2009 America’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates tobacco products, found traces of carcinogens and a harmful substance used in anti-freeze in two brands of e-cigarettes, and subsequently blocked shipments from China. That singular event has fuelled the misgivings and doubt about their quality and safety, though scientific evidence one way or the other is at best scant.

And perhaps that is the problem. Ecigarettes and vaping have grown so big in such a short length of time, that reliable data does not yet exist as to the possible harmful effects. One health-related concern is that an e-cigarette may encourage higher consumption of nicotine, which, in large doses, can be poisonous (though whether e-cigarettes can deliver such a large dose is unclear)

But for me, the main concern of others seems to be that e-cigarettes will act as an introduction to real tobacco related products, especially for youngsters (the nicotine-laced liquids they rely on are often flavoured). I definately do not want to see children using e-cigarettes and certainly not smoking real cigarettes. So I agree that vaping and all it involves should be regulated in such a way that children or anyone under 18 years of age, cannot legally buy anything related to vaping.

I have a large family and have told all of them that the only reason I vape is in an effort to get me off the real killer which are cigarettes.

An added complication is big business. Big pharmaceutical companies which manufacture smoking-cessation options, such as gum and patches, lobby against our innocent pastime. In their case, the reason is money, and not our childrens health. If the e-cigarette spells the demise of the real sort, governments will lose out, too: Britain’s government raked in £12 billion ($18 billion) in tobacco taxes last year, for example. That is a hell of a lot of money.

E-cigarettes continue to provoke criticism from all sides. That I would imagine is good news for tobacco giants who hope to continue supplying its victims till they literally drop dead. But having said that, some analysts think e-cigarette sales could overtake those of cigarettes within 10 tears. That would explain why last year Lorillard, which manufactures Kent cigarettes, bought Blu, an e-cigarette maker, in anticipation of the boom. Other tobacco firms will no doubt make similar moves as an insurance policy.

Meanwhile, the debate on regulation, restrictions and taxes will continue. If enough people want to do something on a regular basis, you can bet your life that governments will step in to get their cut. There is a good case for regulating e-cigarettes to ensure quality and safety, and to keep them out of the hands of children. But overly strict regulation could snuff out a new industry with the potential to save smokers from a lot of harm.

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