THERE was an article in last week`s Target about 'Anxiety over E-cigarette sales.'
It was from The Lincolnshire County Council Health scrutiny Committee. It made me very angry because it was full of inaccuracies, half truths, and just plain old fashioned lies. The one true fact is that no responsible adult wants to see e-cigs sold to children. No responsible trader would sell these to kids anyway.
Young people will experiment with cigarettes.
Even the fiercest critics of e-cigs acknowledge that they are at least 90 per cent safer than conventional cigarettes. Surveys have shown that kids using e cigs have previously smoked normal cigarettes, so isn't it good news that they are switching to a far safer alternative?
If, as the Government is advocating, e-cigs are registered as medicines, doctors will be able to prescribe them to kids as young as twelve, just like they do with nicotine patches. There has already been a case down south where a boy of twelve was given nicotine patches by a "Health Worker" without his parents knowledge. He was admitted to hospital with a nicotine overdose.
So let's look at a few points made by Councillor Christine Talbot. She said: "E-cigs are more addictive than normal cigarettes."
No they are not. Cigarettes contain more than four thousand chemicals, of which at least sixty are carcinogenic. The only active ingredient in e-cigs is nicotine, which is no more dangerous than the caffeine in coffee. E cigs are less efficient at delivering nicotine than normal cigarettes, and users of e cigs have lower blood nicotine levels than smokers. There is no proof that nicotine on its own is addictive at all, as no studies have been done.
She then says that they are equally as harmful as normal cigarettes. This is not true. Even the most vociferous critics of e-cigs, such as the MHRA and CRUK, who are trying to get e-cigs classed as medicines, which in reality means a ban, admit that e cigs are at least 90 per cent safer than normal cigarettes.
We are told "The amount of nicotine can rise as much as 16 milligrams." Indeed it can, as the legal limit in the UK is 72 mg, and many vapers [e cig users] use doses as high as 36 mg or higher. This is not a problem, as vapers, like smokers, stop when they have had enough. It is called self Titration. A high enough dose of caffeine can kill, but we stop drinking coffee when we know we have had enough.
The final gem, "Heavy users of e cigarettes could also be vulnerable to nicotine addiction."
How is that going to work then? Surveys show that virtually all vapers are ex smokers, using e cigs as a safer alternative to smoking. They are already addicted to nicotine, just as many are addicted to caffeine. It does not stop them leading useful lives.
E-cigs are already regulated in the UK under sixteen seperarate regulations.
If they are left alone, they have the potential to make tobacco a page in history. Councillor Christine Talbot says "It's about educating the population." From where I`m standing it is more about educating Councillor Christine Talbot.
Ken Hardy, Boston