Centuries have passed since the invention of a cigarette, there are kinds and kinds of people consuming them for myriad purposes. The ills effects of these didn’t take long to come to fore, and hence only a slew of years back, e cigarettes were invented.
One UK based distributor, called VIP, says over stringent regulation could see them go out of business. Nonetheless Andy Whitmore, the company’s marketing director, said it would “welcome regulation that ensures the product can’t be sold to anyone under the age of 18”.
There are many other questions. For example, should using e-cigarettes be allowed in a public place? At the offices of UK Fast – an internet storage company – employees can use them at their desk.
Electronic cigarettes, seen by many as a healthy alternative to tobacco smoking, do cause damage to the lungs, scientists from the University of –
They actually explained at the European Respiratory Society’s Annual Congress 2012, Vienna, on Sunday. Electronic cigarettes, also called e-cigarettes have also been marketed as effective smoking cessation devices.
Professor Christina Gratziou and team set out to determine what the short-term effects of smoking with e-cigarettes might be on different individuals, including those with no known health problems, as well as existing smokers with and without lung conditions.
They carried out experiments on 32 volunteers; of whom 8 were lifetime non-smokers and 24 were current regular smokers. Some of them had healthy lungs, while others lived with asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).”It’s a tricky one,” says the company’s chief executive officer, Lawrence Jones.
“It does look like smoking but could you stop someone from chewing a pencil or biting their nails? I don’t think there’s any difference between going for a caffeine break and having a nicotine break.”Other companies have banned it. But in theory electronic cigarettes can be used anywhere – on planes, trains, in hospitals.
The BMA is worried that the more people start using e-cigarettes the more it will normalise something that looks like smoking. They have called for the ban on smoking in public places to be extended to e-cigarettes.
A decision on whether the regulation of electronic cigarettes should be tightened will be made in a few weeks.
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