Why are e-cigs containing nicotine illegal?

We all know and recognise that smoking is lethal, it is a tax on the stupid.

It is harmful because it burns material releasing all sorts of other toxins other than nicotine and many of those are carcinogenic.

However vaping, that is vaporising, either plant material or liquids is nowhere near as harmful and is not the same as smoking.

People who are addicted to tobacco are not addicted to the tobacco itself, rather to the nicotine, and vaping allows them to remove the harmful products while solving the addiction problem.

There is a problem however in that selling vaping liquids that contain nicotine is currently illegal in NZ because of our wonky tobacco laws.

It is illegal in New Zealand to sell e-cigarette liquid containing nicotine; only Ministry of Health-approved nicotine replacement therapies such as patches and gum can be sold.

People smoke e-cigarettes by inhaling a liquid vapour produced by vapouriser – a practice backed by the government in the UK, which allows them to be sold everywhere, including in supermarkets and at corner shops.

Prof Blakely said the benefits of vapourisers included a 50 percent increase in quit rates when people vaped while trying give up cigarettes.

Despite empirical scientific evidence it remains illegal.

Health researcher Marewa Glover has worked on tobacco control issues for 23 years and is an internationally recognised authority on electronic cigarettes and their use.

She said although she supported tax increases over the past nine years, the Health Ministry’s 2014- 2015 research data showed no significant decrease for Māori and Pacific people since 2006 – 2007.

“That has given me reason to pause and to question if we are going on the right track here.”

Prof Glover said legalising vaping could be worth considering.

She said there were many “lies” circulating about the safety of vaping, including “dodgy research” that deliberately created negative results.

But British research such as the Public Health England report and a review by the Royal College of Physicians UK had concluded that vaping was about 95 percent safer than smoking, she said.

“There are some unknowns but all signals – looking at the UK, looking at the US, and the drop in prevalence in those countries – far more rapid than we’ve experienced here.”

The continued opposition to e-cigs from anti-tobacco lobbyists shows they aren’t actually interested in positive health outcomes for smokers. They are actually invested in destroying tobacco companies rather than finding safer ways for people consume the product to which they are addicted. The fact that they continue to oppose e-cigs with many spurious reasons like they are a gateway access to real tobacco shows just how ridiculous their opposition is.

Now there is plenty of evidence that vaping is far less harmful we should be urgently amending our laws to bering them in line with the UK and other more sensible countries.


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