Why a ban on electric smoking is not a good idea
In July 2019, a general ban on the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes was introduced in the American city of San Francisco. While e-cigarettes and accessories are even sold in hospitals in England. Is vaping a new addiction, or is it a way to get rid of smoking? Opinions differ, what about the facts?
What does the studies say?
Quite a few studies have already been conducted on vapors, in particular the use of e-cigarettes among young people. In England, for example, a long-term study was conducted among as many as 200,000 young people. It turned out that young people increasingly skip normal cigarettes, the percentage of young smokers had fallen from 19% in 1998 to 5% in 2015. It turned out that vapers in that age category were to a large extent also the group of smokers, non-smokers 0.2% of cases for the e-cigarette. Also experimenting with tobacco or e-liquid does not increase the number of smokers and vapors, the e-cigarette mainly serves to quit smoking.
What is the ban based on?
It is unclear why San Francisco has made such a resolute choice to ban electric cigarettes, especially considering that tobacco is still available over the counter. And according to studies, vaping is at least 95% less dangerous than smoking. Maybe it's because of the addictive substance nicotine? That would be strange, because nicotine patches and chewing gum with nicotine are simply available in the store. E-cigarettes can contain different concentrations of nicotine, making it possible to reduce to 0%.
Vaping does not increase addiction
Research after research shows that vaping is not a "gateway drug" to tobacco, just as smoking a joint does not lead to heroin addiction, or an alcohol-free beer breeds a new generation of alcoholics. The slippery slope or the edge of the abyss with which e-cigarettes are often associated with politicians is unfounded. The tobacco lobby can now rest easy, they have one less competitor.