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With plans to hike the price of cigarettes to €20 – you’ve have yet another reason to try vaping, aside from saving your life that is.
Journalist Ian O’Doherty has quite an amusing take on Health Minister James Reilly’s plans to increase the price of 20 cigarettes up to €20, in today’s Independent.
O’Doherty makes the valid assertion that increasing the price to €20 will not have the desired effect that Reilly is looking to obtain – eradicating tobacco smoking. It will however, prove of great benefit to black market operators who will see their profits soar as people hunt for the low cost illegal alternatives, that can contain even more harmful substances than the legal equivalents.
O’Doherty also makes a legitimate argument that despite your beliefs towards smoking such a price hike will hit us all, as the loss of government revenue now funding the black market will have to be found elsewhere. However, there will be no benefit in savings on the health system by such a move.
By embracing vaping as a healthier alternative and supporting the growth of electronic cigarettes in Ireland Reilly can really show some foresight and vindicate his ministerial credentials.
Not only do, and I quote O’Doherty “harmless e-cigarettes” help people to quit tobacco smoking but the long term savings to the health system will be unprecedented.
20 people per day die in Ireland as a direct consequence of a smoking related disease and, to even get them to the point of death costs the health system billions of Euro. You do the math. Electronic cigarettes in Ireland are sold with the caveat that research into the effects of inhaling vegetable glycerine (a component of e-liquid) is still being researched, as the field is so new. However, we do know that the electronic variety is 99 per cent safer than a tobacco equivalent.
If you’re contemplating buying an electronic cigarette in Ireland and feel overwhelmed by the amount of conflicting information in the media or online than just come into purplebox vapours and we’ll be happy to talk you through your options.
We look forward to seeing you and helping you change your life for the better.