For the life of me, I sometimes just don’t understand these people who we put in government! Like ultimately what is their aim? Do they even have a common aim or is it impossible for them to reach some kind of consensus which falls more in line with what the average man or woman on the street wants? Of course this time around I’m looking at it from the point of view of e-cigarettes or vaping since the fiscal implications seem to be hitting them right across the face and yet they’re slow to acknowledge the big fat slap they’re getting.
I mean I don’t condone violence of any kind or anything like that, but it’s one of those wake-up slaps across the face your friend would give you if they wanted you to “get a hold of yourself, man!”
I’ll give it to them though, the legislation is looming large in the air and the possible legalisation of vaping in public spaces is at least being discussed, which is a step in the right direction. I just hope things aren’t being deliberately slowed down through practices such as filibustering. And to those within the legislature who are a bit sceptical about getting on with it already, perhaps they should be looking at vaping from a different point of view – from the point of view of what e-cigarettes were originally invented for, which is as an aid of sorts for those smokers who are looking to quit what is undeniably an unhealthy habit.
I mean if you look at the typical representation of the standard e cigarette UK vendors have on offer, the manner in which they present it speaks nothing of trying to lure new smokers into the habit. Rather, it’s aimed more at existing smokers who might benefit hugely from the estimated 95% healthier status e cigarettes have over traditional tobacco ciggies.
Granted, the jury is still out on the accuracy of the 95% figure, but it’s only from a logical point of view that anyone can deduce the fact that going the vaping route from something like a chain smoker is a step in the right direction.
With the 80,000 odd people dying each year of smoking-related illnesses and that subsequently costing the NHS 2 billion pounds per year, surely if the possibility of a 95% reduction in the negative effects of smoking is in the offing then that’s something that should be more seriously considered? I’ll admit – vendors offering vapes for sale would have probably sold traditional tobacco if they weren’t afforded the opportunity to promote a little bit of a healthier lifestyle, relatively speaking of course, but then the other side of the coin would have been selling traditional tobacco products which we all know the ill health effects of.
Give them something to champion with an even louder voice. At the end of the day we all have to derive an income from somewhere. Why not let that be from more positive sources?
So I guess we do indeed still need to let the research process run its course, but we should be on a quest to uncover the truth through accurate information, not just looking for something which supports our own claims and confirms our biases.
So if it won’t do any harm to whomever it has the potential of harming, I say go ahead with the legalisation of vaping in public spaces like offices, buses, etc as a group of MPs have now proposed.