I recently read an article in smh.com.au regarding a court ruling banning not just the sale, but all use of electronic cigarettes (or “e-cigs”) in Western Australia. For those who are unaware, e-cigs (or vaporisers) are devices which heat a flavoured liquid turning it into vapour and allowing the user to simulate the effects of smoking by inhaling and exhaling this vapour.
As a non-smoker, I don’t have much sympathy for smokers in general. However, after delving into the whole argument for and against e-cigarettes in general, I find there to be certain ironies that exist around the above ruling (one which has been dividing opinions). I’ll explain my reasoning in more detail below, but if there are two things surrounding e-cigs that I’m certainly in favour of that would be helping friends and family quit the filthy habit of smoking as well as showing them where to find the best value for money e-cig options online.
There seems to be an ongoing debate on whether or not e-cigarettes have a good or a bad influence on people’s smoking habits. On one side of the fence there are those who look at it as a bit of a “cool gadget”, encouraging youngsters to take up smoking. From my investigations online though, it doesn’t appear as if any comprehensive e-cigarrette studies have been concluded to date which cover whether people are influenced by them or how their health is affected.
Also, there isn’t any conclusive evidence either to confirm whether or not they work any better than other nicotine replacements. And as long as Australia’s TGA (Therapeutic Goods Authority) agency doesn’t approve e-cigarettes as a cessation aid to stop smoking, they cannot be marketed for that purpose. This topic is scheduled for further discussion though at the World Health Organisation’s meeting on tobacco control, due to take place in Moscow this coming October. Read the rest of this entry »