E Cigarettes: What’s all the Fuss About?

The Electronic Cigarette (or e cigarette as it is also know) has been all over the news recently, with the focus on their new regulation as a tobacco product by the European Commission on 26th February 2014. People are divided as to whether this is the right move or not. Some believe this new regulation will severely restrict the availability of electronic cigarettes and force many back to smoking tobacco while some believe this is the right way to go in order to ensure the quality and safety of the products sold. There have been many health professionals coming out and explaining to the media that electronic cigarettes are thousands of times safer than smoking tobacco cigarettes or rolling-up-tobacco.

In the UK, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have stated that by 2016 they will make the e cigarette an official medical product. There have also been medical organizations like the WHO (World Health Organization) claiming that there is a possibility that electronic cigarettes are more dangerous to your health than common cigarettes, although no evidence even remotely suggests this. In fact, there have been numerous studies conducted which show that e cigarettes are considerably more effective than any nicotine replacement products on the market in getting smokers to quit tobacco altogether. Already in the UK, more than 1.3 million smokers have switched over to the electronic version with absolutely no fatalities or serious health implications caused, whereas around 100,000 people die from smoking every year in this country alone.

So what is it about electronic cigarettes that give the European Commission and some member states the hump? We’ve already established that e cigarettes are far, far safer than tobacco. There isn’t anything dodgy in the E Liquid contained inside as vendors clearly state the ingredients, as required by Trading Standards (just for the record, e-liquid contains 4 ingredients which are Propylene Glycol (food grade), Vegetable Glycerin (food grade), a flavoring agent (again, food grade) and a very small percentage of nicotine). Why restrict the availability of this potentially life saving new product which many ex-smokers now rely upon to get their nicotine hit?

Some say it’s because the tobacco companies which provide the killer (tobacco) along with the pharmaceutical companies who provide the so called cure (NRT products which have a 97% failure rate) have invested millions of dollars and pounds into saving their empire. This could be cast aside as a conspiracy theory, if letters hadn’t been intercepted by a certain doctor who then published it on the internet for all to see. The letter was sent to all voting MEP’s and the commission themselves claiming false test results concerning electronic cigarettes safety. The letter was sent by a lobbying firm on behalf of one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in Europe.

Many doctors continue to openly recommend electronic cigarette products to smokers as a way of cutting back on nicotine and dangerous carcinogens and many people have seen drastic health improvements such as better breathing, lower blood pressure and less smokers cough (not to mention the disappearance of the bad smell on the clothes and breath).

Electronic cigarettes are the future, and possibly the end of smoking altogether. We should embrace the industry!


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