Can you guess what the one of the biggest objections to e-cigarettes is?
That they look, feel and feel taste cigarettes.
The theory seems to go like this:
- e-cigarettes look like cigarettes
- cigarettes are bad
- therefore e-cigarettes should be banned
De-normalising Smokers – and the E-Cigarette Threat
Some anti-smokers believe e-cigarettes encourage the perception that smoking is normal and okay.
You can find examples of this argument advanced by ASH and the BMA here, and by the New Zealand government here.
But with millions of smokers worldwide switching from tobacco to electronic cigarettes, it’s hard to see how e-cigarettes encourage smoking.
I believe that the actual reason for the opposition to e-cigs goes beyond this.
Parts of the anti-smoking lobby have become so passionate that their cause has stopped being about health and has instead become a moral crusade against smoking and smokers.
A crusade which has been extended to anything which resembles smoking.
And if these anti-smokers get their way, millions of smokers who can’t or don’t want to quit nicotine will return to tobacco cigarettes.
What do you think?
Already because of the policy of de-normalisation of smokers, New Zealand smokers are denied e-cigarettes even while their government admits the devices are safer than regular cigarettes.
But is it right that smokers should be denied a choice between how they enjoy nicotine, a choice which will undoubtedly save many lives, just because e-cigarettes look like something anti-smokers don’t like?