For those of you who are not aware, the EU is about to effectively ban electronic cigarettes.
Their reasons are not very clear.
They claim that electronic cigarettes contain nicotine. Have they overlooked the fact that nicotine patches, gum and inhalers also contain nicotine? The clue is in the name, yet they are the preferred and heavily touted routes proposed by the Tobacco Control Industry.
They claim that no studies have been done into electronic cigarettes. That's strange because they have been studied and have been found to be relatively harmless.
They claim that e-cigarettes "normalise" smoking because they "look like cigarettes". This is the strangest one yet. Nicotine inhalers look like cigarettes? A pencil in the mouth looks like a cigarette?
I would suggest that their reasoning is very clear – their friends in Big Pharma are losing substantial profits as the e-cigarette market cuts heavily into the cessation market.
Electronic cigarettes are now used by millions in the EU, and the manufacturing and sales sectors employs thousands. If this EU directive comes into force then what will happen to those millions of "vapers"? Will they just go back to ordinary cigarettes? Probably. Will they cease vaping/smoking altogether? Possibly but unlikely. And what about those in the industry? Thousands more on the dole queues.
There is a solution.
Under EU law if sufficient numbers declare an interest, the EU has to reconsider. The maths are fairly complex [this is the EU we are talking about], and a certain percentage of the population of each country has to declare, and if a total of seven countries cross the finishing line then the motion has to be considered.
At the time of writing, Ireland has a paltry 2% of the target required. Germany is currently standing at nearly 17%.
So let's declare!!
Get your friends to declare.
If you have a site, then add a link to pass on the message.
Email your friends.
Whether you are a smoker, a vaper or a non-smoker this involves you.
Or do you really want an industry dictating our laws?