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This week (29th August) the World Health Organisation issued an initial report into electronic cigarettes and vaping.
There were some positive steps in this report and some recommendations that fell well short of a sensible and realistic approach to the growing vaping revolution.
Electronic Cigarettes have the potential to radically change the smoking habits of millions of people - to enjoy a much safer vehicle for nicotine stimulus and eradicate the serious carcinogenic elements present in tobacco cigarettes. It remains incomprehensible that the World Health Organisation would not embrace this technology and support the reduction of tobacco smokers in society. Where does the reluctance come from – is it cigarette company lobbying? Is it government lobbying for tax revenue losses? The conspiracy theories are rampant – but certainly questions have to be asked.
E-cigarettes and vaping is increasingly recognised as one of the best ways to help a smoker quit their tobacco smoking habit. In essence, the devices allow a person to receive a nicotine hit without getting any of the tar and other 4000 plus toxins associated with tobacco smoking.
The best way to start vaping and using e-cigs is to call in to a specialist supplier and get the facts, look at how the kits work and explore the abundance of e-cig liquids on offer.
Key to making the transition to e-cigs permanent is to start on the correct level of nicotine. There is no doubt that nicotine is addictive in its qualities and effects on the body, similar to those experienced when drinking caffeine. However, it is the least offensive chemical in a traditional cigarette. Smokers are not addicted to tobacco or tar – these are simply the vehicles by which nicotine is delivered to the system.
The great flavour debate…
The media have latched on to vaping in a big way – mainly because smoking is a hot topic and vaping is so new that a pejorative e-cigarette headline is guaranteed coverage. As vaping is increasingly found to be a beneficial and a much safer alternative to smoking media attention has centred around the term ‘juvenile flavours of e-liquid’.
The argument focuses on whether flavours with names such as ‘bubblegum’, ‘candy crush’, ‘vanilla custard’ or ‘tutti-fruity’ appeal to the younger generation and entice them to start vaping and therefore develop a nicotine addiction.
However, once again, these articles are mainly based on a pre-emptive opinion as opposed to qualified research.
Tell us your views on the ‘juvenile flavour debate’ and what are your favouite flavours as you continue to enjoy vaping?
Did you know that 56 per cent of litter on the streets of Dublin is made up of cigarette butts
That’s right – we feel incensed when we see discarded bottles or bits of paper blowing along the streets, yet the worst offender is the simple cigarette butt.
The seemly harmless end to the cigarette, casually discarded as you blow out the last of your tobacco inhalation, accounts for 14,000 tonnes of the 25,000 collected annually on Dublin streets.
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.
Ken Rogan’s piece on vaping in this morning’s Metro Herald 'Vaping is just not as cool as smoking', whilst generally positive towards vaping, is a little misinformed on its cool message and what models and devices are in the market place.
Looking ‘cool’ is not the objective of the vaping message – saving your life is
Here at purplebox vapours we get many of our new vaping aficionados wondering what level of nicotine content to start vaping at. So here’s the purplebox vapours guide to structuring you nicotine level intake.
If you want to discuss a programme and keep track of your path to a healthier lifestyle why not call in to us in Temple Bar if you can and we’ll take it from there – together.
We’ve had a few recent examples of electronic cigarette dangers highlighted once again in the media.
It seems that as the health benefits of switching to vaping and e-cigarettes are becoming more apparent and researched the media are scouring the land looking for stories to highlight other dangers to put a dampener of the proverbial vaping spirits.
Does the press have a responsibility to report factual information based on research and balance? We think so.
Have a read of our take on the Irish Examiner's coverage of the unfortunate accident of two children ingesting e-liquid and as a result giving a voice for Chris Luke's bizarre rant on electronic cigarettes.
This weekend Sunday Times journalist Siobhan Maguire wrote a very interesting and informative piece on the reaction of the vaping community to the decision by Irish Transport Authorities, Irish Rail and Bus Eireann, to ban vaping in stations and on public transport. In the article Siobhan explores the myths and fears behind vaping that may have led to complaints by travellers and the blanket decision by transport bosses. Is ignorance simply overruling the most recent findings that the vapour is harmless and inhaling e-liquid, whether it contains nicotine or not, is an adult decision that should be left to the individual?
In the piece, Steve Barrett, MD of purplebox vapours, hopes that the decision will be a starting point for discussion between vaping associations and transport authorities, which will lead to specified vaping areas or carriages and that sense will prevail in the long run.