Thursday 21 June 2018

Stubbing out e-cigarettes will condemn smokers to death

New laws will ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. Picture posed by model
New laws will ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. Picture posed by model

Ruairi Hanley

Earlier this week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared that electronic cigarettes posed a serious threat to public health. They are now advocating severe restrictions on these products, most notably via a global ban on 'vaping' indoors.

The approach of the WHO is broadly similar to that of the HSE and the Irish Government. The authorities here have moved to ban e-cigarettes from public buildings and public transport. It seems inevitable that further anti-vaping measures will follow.

As a general rule, most members of the medical profession also appear nakedly hostile to any attempts to create a "safer" form of nicotine use.

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