Update: The survey is now closed – thank you so much to everyone who participated!
Pharmaceutical groups, and some anti-smoking groups funded by pharmacy, are campaigning against the electronic cigarette.
But pharmaceutical groups do not vote – you do!
The EU is considering an effective ban on e-cigarettes, and there are widespread concerns that committee meeting on ecigs has been rigged, with scientists who support the device excluded from the meeting.
Politicians are already aware of the concern – several have mentioned the thousands of letters received from vapers concerned about EU regulations. But is this enough to persuade them to support vaping?
So we want to know:
Would you change your vote to defend your right to vape?
Specifically, would you vote for a different party than normal to ensure that electronic cigarettes remain legal, and a million vapers are not forced back on to tobacco cigarettes?
What other vapers and smokers said:
Kate from Vaper’s Network:
Yes, even though I don’t have a usual party that I vote for though, and even though I often don’t vote as a protest at the very poor choice we have in candidates.
Dick from DickPuddlecote.com
Sure. I wouldn’t vote for a party which advocated a ban on e-cigs, I’d rather spoil the ballot paper
John Madden from ECigaretteReviewed, with a US perspective:
I am strongly opposed to anything or anyone attempting to classify e-cigarettes as a tobacco product and regulating them as such. I don’t care if you are Democrat or Republican. If one of your goals is to regulate e-cigs by restricting their use, I will not vote for you. E-cigarettes have been proven to be safer to use than cigarettes and are harmless to bystanders. Governments have no right using safety as in issue when attempting to regulate them. Not only can it can be extremely difficult to quit smoking if you are forced to hang around other smokers, the purpose of e-cigarettes as harm-reduction is defeated by relegating vapers to the smoking sections of public places. Money is the issue here and while that was my predominant reason to making the switch, I will vote for health, no matter the political affiliation to keep the vaping community safe from the poison so many of them are trying to avoid.’
Not everyone agreed, though. On our Facebook page, Adam said:
I would consider it if it were a party whose policies I did not disagree with, however changing political alliegance over one issue is likely to be either self defeating or meaningless on balance so it is highly unlikely that I would actually change over one issue.
While Gareth Williams said:
To be honest I am far too much of a cynic/realist to believe anything said by any politician, regardless of political orientation.
How UK parties stand at the moment:
Conservative & UKIP: Most MEPs support vaping, however we are unsure of MPs’ position.
Liberal Democrats: Reactions vary, some are very supportive of vaping but needed to be assessed on an individual basis.
Labour: Came close to banning ecigs when they were in power, most seem either undecided or against vaping.
Greens: Would like to see nicotine in ecigs banned (above 0.4% strength nicotine.)
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