As it to be expected there has been a huge amount of debate in the press recently regarding the use of e-cigs. With the growing predilection for those who want to quit smoking opting to switch to e liquid, many people are rightly asking are e cigs safe. People are also beginning to question whether restrictions should be placed on using an electronic cigarette, and what these restrictions should be.
Over the past couple of weeks these questions have been raised on Nicky Campbell’s 5 Live breakfast phone-in show, as well as The Mirror newspaper recently running a piece, which questioned “Are e-cigarettes really a safer alternative to regular smoking?”
The Nicky Campbell call-in proved for interested listening, with some pretty heated debate flaring up between callers. While there was concern that e-cigs could potentially become a gateway to tobacco cigarettes, it was also established that there are so far no signs that anyone other than ex-smokers or those trying to stop smoking are using a vapour cigarette.
There was an interesting argument that children don’t recognise the difference between smoking cigarettes and using an electronic cigarette, yet one caller claimed that she knew children who don’t like smoking but have no issues with ‘vaping’, i.e. using e-cigs. This acted as evidence that children do recognise the difference between smoking and ‘vaping’ and therefore when they see people using electronic cigarettes it does not encourage them to take up smoking.
The show queried whether electronic cigarette users should be allowed to smoke indoors, for example in restaurants and cinemas. Callers discussed how it can be unfair to use an electronic cigarette in the cinema, as the light and vapour can prove an irritant to others. However, in a restaurant those in favour of using e-cigs indoors argued that they shouldn’t be made to stand outside with smokers and experience second hand smoke. As the vapour from an e-cig causes no imminent danger to others, they firmly believed they should be allowed to smoke their e-cigarettes in bars and restaurants.
Most importantly, when the question ‘are e cigarettes dangerous’ was posed, it was concluded that addiction is not dangerous, it is the subject of the addiction that is. It is smoke which kills - not nicotine, therefore as long as e-cigs are safely tested in the UK then there is little argument that they are unsafe.
The Mirror presented information claiming that 31% of young e-cigarette users in Cheshire and Merseyside had not smoked ‘real cigarettes’ previously. However, this information is incongruous with Nicky Campbell’s 5 Live discussion, as well as anti-smoking charity Ash, which claims that most people use e-cigarettes with the intention to quit smoking.
What most concerned Ash was the lax regulation of e-cigarettes in many cases. CEO of the charity Deborah Arnott explained, “People go and find places in China that are making them, buy them and import them here without knowing what they have got in them.”
Remember, Lite-Up Anywhere products are all made and tested in the UK, each component thoroughly tested and put through a third party review before they are made available on our website. Debate is essential when it comes to becoming acquainted with a product as new as the e-cigarette, but we make sure that there’s little to question when it comes to Lite-Up Anywhere products.