Published on June 13th, 2013 | by Trick2
So Close to Being Accepted, So Close to Being Banned
Paul Bergen at Canadian Vapers News & Opinions has written an editorial on the strange times we live in, when e-cigarettes are both being widely accepted, both by consumers and by big business, while at the same time being relentlessly attacked by zealots and legislators.
He hits on several points that articulate what’s so frustrating about the current situation: one one hand, nearly every study shows that electronic cigarettes really are a very safe alternative to cigarettes, with the potential to save literally millions of lives. However, governments seem intent on regulating them into oblivion, or at least into the hands of tobacco and pharmaceutical firms, essentially killing innovation and destroying a market that, until now, has been growing by leaps and bounds.
“Is there anything new we use that does not have “unknown long term health effects”? – unknown covers a lot of territory.”
With the recent announcement that the UK will regulate e-cigarette products as medicine, requiring clinical trials for anything containing nicotine levels far lower than the lightest of light cigarettes, we share his fear. Despite all the evidence that electronic cigarettes are safe, effective, and possibly most important: becoming very popular, the current wave of short-sightedness and irrational zealotry could take these products out of the hands of the people whose lives they could save.