Recently I took up smoking an e cigarette in order to avoid regular cigarettes. I was intrigued by the idea of it, and it seems to be working. However I’ve noticed that there are some regulations surrounding e cigarettes that may hinder my ability to keep smoking them.
Everyone knows that cigarettes are not your health’s best ally, but they often have an incurable hold on many people. As more and more people try to quit smoking, they tend to turn to alternatives that help them in this quest.
Unfortunately nicotine patches don’t work for everyone and often success, for many chain smokers, is an impossible task.
The e-cigarette or the electronic cigarette, though, is yet another alternative. And so far, many smokers have taken it up. It can contain a nicotine-based liquid that is to help stimulate the effect of inhaling tobacco. Unfortunately, while this is a new addition to the market, it is not yet certain whether is is a safe one.
A video with some interesting facts about e cigarettes.
Replacing one danger with another is not the best idea. And therefore many countries are working on regulating the sale and use of such products as many advocate in the favour of banning it altogether.
In Vancouver, Canada, the sale and smoking of e-cigarettes (especially by minors) was banned recently this year. On a national scale, the sale, advertising and importing or the device has been banned.
Not much is known about the long-term consequences of using these devices and the liquid within them. But the use of this product has not yet been banned on a personal level. As a result, while selling, importing or advertising it may get you into trouble with the law, simply consuming it personally cannot be held over your head.
Moreover, as various celebrities are spotted with this new device, it has begun a craze among many teens. Even so, countries like the USA have deemed this little pseudo-cigarette to be legal. They believe it is safe to use and therefore hold no laws against it. It does help smokers to quit and keeps the younger adults away from the cigarettes – which is a better known evil.
In spite of this, various individual states across the USA are trying to ban the sale and use of this device, at least within their own borders. So far, though, no law has been passed to this effect. Countries such as Australia, on the other hand, have deemed the electronic cigarette to be a threat and therefore banned considered banning sales of electronic cigarettes in australia all together.
E-cigarettes are currently an extremely controversial subject. The lesser explored their consequences are, the more fear they will arouse. While each country wishes to protect its own citizens and ensure their safety, not all countries agree on the definition of ‘danger’.
So far, e-cigarettes have not shown any negative consequences, but that is mainly because they are still a relatively new invention and therefore there remains much to be learnt about them.
They may be advertised as the ideal tool to help smokers quit, and perhaps they are too. Even so, much still remains uncovered, and the contrasting laws of various countries reflect the same uncertainty regarding this product.