When electronic cigarettes first entered the scene, many looked at them favourably, initially because of how they are instrumental in helping smokers kick the habit entirely. But it did not take long before this perception has taken a major shift. Now, e-cigs are no longer looked at primarily as aids to quit smoking, but an altogether valid replacement for traditional cigarettes.
Vaping has become practiced in many places all over the globe. But it’s not all peaches and roses for electronic cigarettes, since they still meet some resistance in some parts. There are various cities, such as Santa Monica in California and New York City that are taking steps to ban smoking e-cigs in public places. Legislations are being passed to make this act unlawful and for the violators to be subjected to fines and penalties.
Now, many users of e-cigs are confused at these proposed legislations. After all, e-cigs do not produce smoke, so the argument that using it in public places raises the risk of innocent bystanders being subjected to second-hand smoke does not apply. Apparently, one reason why proponents of these laws are proposing them is to lessen the exposure of e-cigs as a whole to other people. It seems to be their way to ensure that lesser people will know about the existence of e-cigs.
But it does not stop there. Other legislations on the matter of e-cigs and their use are also being proposed. For example, there are some that propose to prohibit selling e-cigs to people under the age of 21. Supporters of e-cigs argue against these, citing smokers who are under 21 who also happen to be making efforts to stop smoking and turning to e-cigs to make it happen. It’s going to be a case of legislation preventing them from kicking the habit!
On the upside, there is a need to acknowledge the fact that e-cigs are not all bad. In fact, there are even medical professionals who do not hesitate in saying that e-cigs actually DO save lives, helping millions of smokers quit smoking. They also point out how e-cigs do not have the harmful chemicals found in traditional cigarettes, and that there are e-cigs brands that do not contain toxic substances, making them safe for use.
The bottomline is that e-cigs work for some people, and they don’t for others. That means that it cannot be completely ruled out as a helpful tool. Sure, there are issues against them, such as the use of various flavours, but these are actually issues that can be easily resolved. It does not seem fair to ask for the shutdown of this whole niche just because there are complaints against, say, some flavours used in these e-cigs.
Admittedly, a huge part of the anti-e-cigs population has not even tried vaping. This means that they are basically campaigning against something that they do not have 100% knowledge about. Instead, they come to the conclusion that e-cigs are no different from traditional cigarettes, and leave it at that. And they are more than vocal against it, too, criticising it every chance they get. So isn’t this just a case of the blind leading the blind?
If you’re one of those who do not know about e-cigs, will you listen to what these critics say, despite knowing that they, too, do not know what they’re talking about?
If you’re smart, then you know the answer to that.