I recharged my Titan e-cig (same model Leg-iron bought a few years back) today for the first time in over 3 years. The reason was that I came across an acquaintance vaping in one of the local pubs. Only his e-cig was about twice the size of my Titan, and produce a cloud of vapour about 4 times larger than anything my Titan ever managed. That’s how technology progresses, I guess. So I thought I’d join him with my own one next time I see him.
Because I found that the trouble with e-cigs was that they were a novelty when I got mine, and I was the only person using one, and it attracted curiosity. Much better if two or more people are using them.
The other problem with them is that some vapers are as antismoking as the worst zealots.
So it was a happy coincidence that I came across science writer Matt Ridley writing a strong defence of them, without coming over as an antismoking zealot:
Don’t treat e-cigarettes as medicines; glamorise them.
Should shampoo be classified as a medicine and prescribed by doctors? It can, after all, cause harm: it can sting your eyes and a recent study found traces of carcinogens in 98 shampoo products. Sure, shampoo can clean hair if used responsibly. But what’s to stop cowboy shampoo makers selling dangerous shampoo to the young? Far too many shampoo manufacturers try to glamorize their product. Time for the state to step in.
Far fetched? If only. This week the European Parliament sensibly declined to accept the European Commission’s directive to regulate as medicines those glowing-tipped electronic nicotine vapour dispensers called e-cigarettes. The British government, astonishingly, expressed its disappointment at the vote…
Anyway, I continue to prefer the real thing. I’m very far from convinced that nicotine is what I’m after: I think it’s smoke.
Also H/T Harley for an opinion in the Littlehampton Gazette:
Duncan Barkes: ‘amend smoking ban for freedom of choice’
NEW figures from the National Office of Statistics reveal that, despite the introduction of the smoking ban in 2007, the number of people smoking in the UK has remained the same.
So what, exactly, has the ban achieved? Is the time ripe to amend this undemocratic piece of legislation?
And, apart from an occasional cigar, he’s a non-smoker.