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Is it time for a grown up debate about electronic cigarettes?
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Is it time for a grown up debate about electronic cigarettes?
Over the last few years there have been rumours, counter rumours and speculation regarding the electronic cigarette market with an array of third parties having a vested interest in muddying the water and causing confusion. There is no doubt that to a certain extent those looking to reduce the popularity and influence of the electronic cigarette market have been successful but surely now is the time for a grown-up debate about electronic cigarettes?

There are many issues to debate, subjects to discuss and many scare stories to put to bed. These include: –

Nicotine addiction

There are hundreds if not thousands of websites on the Internet which quote nicotine as the most addictive substance known to man. There will be many people out there who have not researched this subject in great detail and automatically believe the headlines across the mass media. However, there is a growing opinion that nicotine is comparable with caffeine in relation to addiction and indeed nicotine only becomes significantly addictive when mixed with other chemicals and ingredients.

This is not a proven theory but it is certainly one which more and more researchers and scientists are happy to discuss and examine in greater detail.

Electronic cigarettes are the gateway to tobacco cigarettes

This argument has been used time and time again by politicians around the world who suggest that electronic cigarettes offer the first stepping stone towards tobacco cigarettes. The fact that this point of discussion has been highlighted time and time again has led many people to believe that there are statistics to back this up. But are there any stats?

The vast majority of people who use electronic cigarettes have confirmed that they have switched from tobacco cigarettes and are unlikely to reverse this move. This does weakens somewhat the argument because the statistics just do not support the scaremongering by politicians.

Health issues

Over the last couple of years we have seen the introduction of an array of research programs and health reviews in relation to electronic cigarettes. Indeed governments, regulators, consumer groups and electronic cigarette companies are all in favour of further research into long-term health issues. However, it is worth noting that even the most ardent critics of electronic cigarettes readily admit they are at worst "significantly less harmful" than their tobacco cigarette counterparts.

When we finally see the results of long-term medical trials these should put to bed a number of rumours and speculation regarding electronic cigarettes.

Taxation

The regulatory situation regarding electronic cigarettes still awaits clarification although the European Union has taken the first step towards more control of the market. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been very slow in its response and after a review lasting in excess of two years there is still no sign of an imminent announcement. As a consequence, few governments around the world have confirmed or denied the intention to further tax electronic cigarettes as tobacco cigarette tax income continues to fall. Many people automatically assume that governments will introduce similar taxes (and this is likely to be the case) but taking a sensible approach, the potential savings in health care costs for those switching to electronic cigarettes could far outweigh the tax implications.

Conclusion

While there is no doubt there are some unknowns and some uncertainty surrounding the electronic cigarette industry, the amount of scare stories and scaremongering has certainly been overdone. Some politicians, and third parties with a vested interest, seem determined to strangle the electronic cigarette industry during its relative youth. The time has now come for a grown-up and honest debate about electronic cigarettes to clear up any untruths and rumours once and for all.

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24-03-2014 12:10 PM
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RE: Is it time for a grown up debate about electronic cigarettes?
Grown up discussion with a politician. 

Who are you lobbying for son? "the e-cig industry". (politician laughs) 

Later to his buddies. 

How much does that lobby give to our campaigns? (they all laugh) 

That's how grown up politicians act. Facts? We don't need no stinking facts. 

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24-03-2014 02:56 PM
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