We had a busy day yesterday, with interviews with the Jeremy Vines show, Sky News, Radio Ulster, Hello Wales and Swansea Sound. (We also got coverage of our arguments against the ban on The Daily Mail, The Daily Record, Wales Online and The Metro)
So I wasn’t able to reply to comments here, as well as on Twitter, G+ and Facebook, as usual.
But we had lots of comments, and they were brilliant. In the hope that someone from the Welsh Government will see them, I’ve compiled some of the comments here.
(If you are angry about the ecigarette ban in Wales, please write to the Welsh Government as well as leaving a comment. The Welsh Government monitor the amount of letters on each topic, so it can make a difference. You can find contact details here, or register to attend a consultation here.)
— Gaz JD (@gazdavies11) April 2, 2014
If the e-cigarette renormalizes anything, it must be QUITTING smoking!
Those people have yet to realize that if the e-cigarette renormalizes anything, it must be QUITTING smoking! Saying the “the e-cig will renormalize and promote smoking” makes about the same sense as saying “Drinking NA-beer in public promotes alchool abuse!”. How can someone who has clearly moved AWAY from smoking, using a smoke-LESS alternative to tobacco cigarettes in public, be considered ‘pro-smoking’ and seen as an advocate to tobacco use, is beyond my understanding…! Joao Pargana
Obviously these tax-payer paid people have too much time on their hands, if this is seen as a problem. Sack them, save taxes, and our sanity. Mick Hines
@thesmokersangel I found it interesting that they go out for consultation, but didn’t want to ‘consult’ with you when you offered
— Simon Thurlow (@Jester2109) April 2, 2014
I really don’t get what the problem is here…
I really don’t get what the problem is here, myself like many other ecig users are using them to improve our way of life , I am using them to hopefully wean myself off of nicotine I have reduced from 24gm to 12gm in 5 months , I feel more healthy can taste and smell again , and also realise that I no longer smell like a smoker , I sometimes wonder how much of the against ecigs thing is because of the major fall in Tax is now hitting their purse ;-) Lin Martin Thomas
This equals to deliberate premeditated murder.
One good way to make taxpayers pay willingly monster taxes is to stigmatize them. This ban is a first step to introduce a quit-smoking-tax. People who no longer smoke would be normalizing smoking: the perversion to discourage people to quit paying smoking taxes; so put the ex-smokers alongside with the smokers and expose them as much as possible to passive smoke. With what we know about smoking this equals to deliberate premeditated murder. Luc Van Daele
Issue Based Nonsense
I listened to the AM promoting this on the radio where he admitted the health risks were “very small”. Issue-based nonsense. E-cigs do NOT promote smoking – they offer an alternative. If they were to ban these things, I would almost certainly return to tobacco (with a heavy heart and a much lighter bank balance). No health benefits there then David Hammon Williams
They want you to smoke and die early….
For every smoker who quits, the Government takes a big hit in lost tax revenue. There’s also the prospect of you living a lot longer and claiming pensions and other benefits in old age. Although they won’t admit it, they want you to smoke and die early. Amelie Taylor
Who are these idiots?
Who are these idiots? Their argument is similar to saying that beagles cannot be walked in the countryside, since this might undermine the hunting ban, or normalise cruel sports! Is ideology above the law, or can the law be manipulated to encompass perverted ideology (as Hitler thought!)? Geoff Cliff
@thesmokersangel A campaign of civil disobedience is called for if any u.k. country bans these harmless alternative to smoking.
— Ted Mullineux (@tedmull) April 2, 2014
What are these people thinking?
” DRACONIAN IS RIGHT ” what are these people thinking? Ecigs are miles better, healthier than ” NORMAL CIGS” NO TAR OR OTHER STUFF CLOGGING OUR LUNGS. I have been on ecigs for over 2 years & feel fitter, no more wheezing. I AM 70 years of age & smoked cigarettes most of my adult life. Wish ecigs had been around when I was younger. ” Keep up the fight” Hugh Mcilloney
This is embarrassingly incompetent and blinkered of them. Gareth Williams
Their argument is purely based on the fact that they don’t like smoking.
It looks to me like the know they have lost the argument on safety etc. so they have resorted to the “normalise smoking” argument. As far as I know there is no evidence that vaping normalises smoking just vaping. Even the latest study from Wales found no evidence that vaping leads to smoking. Their argument is purely based on the fact that they don’t like smoking. This is not a good reason to impede smokers to vape instead and lengthen their lives. David Moger
This is stupid next they will ban living there too, mind I think that’s happening already from what I’ve seen in some so called Holiday spots, empty! Sue Horrocks
So I CAN? have a cigarette outside, walk in a building with poisons still in my lungs, on my clothes, skin and hair, polluting the route I take, but I CAN’T vape in public places, which is poison free, smells nice and is better for my health than a lollipop oh well ignorance rules!!!! Sandra Barnes
What do you think? Let me know in the comments, and if you feel strongly, write to the Welsh Government too!