Once again we see the headline E-cigarettes could hook a new generation on nicotine, experts warn. This is a reprint of the Canadian Press article I previously wrote about.
I need to also iterate a previous point – addiction is a concern if the results impact health negatively. If the article had been titled …..hook a new generation on smoking…it would be a reasonable concern even if it was based more on fear and politics than on evidence.
But the added point I wish to make is that though many smokers have abandoned tobacco for vaping, the reason that e-cigarettes should remain on the market is that it is a safer substitute for smoking whether or not it entirely supplants it. Everytime a person vapes they are not smoking and everytime they vape it will supply the nicotine that delays the next cigarette (if they are continuing to smoke).
The concern that this will undermine smoking harassment is mean spirited to say the least.
Those who trumpet the wonders of the non-smoking world should take heart in the possibility that if vapers are allowed to vape in non-smoking areas that they will find it pleasant enough to abandon the more difficult “where can I smoke” hassles.
Of course this will only work if enough traditionally non-smoking areas are opened or left open to vaping.