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E-cigs 'safer' choice

By Boston Target  |  Posted: December 04, 2013

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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

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  • SEJ016  |  December 06 2013, 8:47AM

    At last, a balanced and properly informed article.

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  • AlpineNewt  |  December 05 2013, 5:24PM

    Well said, Mr Hardy! There are far too many rumours and scaremongering going on regarding e-cigs and some politicians and health lobbyists are repeating them as though they are fact. I don't know whois feeding them this nonsense but it really must be exposed before it does any more harm.

    Rate   9
  • RandomW  |  December 05 2013, 3:02PM

    Outstanding article! Politicians and policy makers need to take note of this before they open their mouths and look like idiots.

    Rate   15
  • VernsVapes  |  December 05 2013, 1:45PM

    enough noise and they will have to listen. get involved, join in the twitter bombs, write to your mp's. dont sit quietly

    Rate   14
  • 4madcats  |  December 05 2013, 1:29PM

    Really refreshing to read an article written by someone who knows what they're talking about when comparing e-cigs to tobacco products. Good luck trying to educate Councillor Talbot, when we've still got high profile organisations like the BMA refusing to listen to the facts & using misleading & outdated information to further their own ends it's an uphill battle. Pity she's obviously never seen this site. http://tinyurl.com/nwtgvrm

    Rate   13
  • Liam_Bryan  |  December 05 2013, 9:50AM

    There has been some downright corrupt misinformation spread by "public health" spokespeople about ecigs. There is plenty of scientific evidence that they choose to ignore showing that ecigs are orders of magnitude safer than cigarettes. I wonder how many smokers have been dissuaded from trying ecigs because of comments like the councillor's referred to in this letter?

    Rate   17
  • BeeGee49  |  December 04 2013, 5:07PM

    An interesting read on why Tobacco Control and therefor Local Councils fear Tobacco Harm and Risk Reduction methods http://tinyurl.com/nejk8yv

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  • BeeGee49  |  December 04 2013, 4:34PM

    Another interesting read for those who wish to understand the truth. http://tinyurl.com/ovckm6y

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  • BeeGee49  |  December 04 2013, 4:32PM

    At the last count there were 40 measurable carcinogens in tobacco smoke of which 7 were found to be human and the remainder rodent, harmless to humans and found in everyday products such as coffee and cabbage leaves. http://tinyurl.com/39ctz7

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  • BeeGee49  |  December 04 2013, 4:20PM

    With regard to Nicotine Addiction this link is worth reading as it presents the truth. http://tinyurl.com/ofmqsfz

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