Is it emotional? Is it physical? Or maybe it is financial?
With more and more councils including electronic cigarettes in their smoking bans – both indoors and out, I am struggling to understand why. Which leads me to assume, (I know assumption can be the mother of all mess-ups) that ‘they’ must have a blind spot and can’t see what electronic cigarettes really are.
The emotional blind spot: I use the word emotional, because perhaps when e-cigs first came out, the way they looked – and some still do (like tobacco cigarettes), maybe the very sight of them causes an emotional reaction in the councillors/anti-smoking groups, and they think they are seeing someone smoking instead of vaping. This causes them outrage and anger and they carry these emotions through to the law making, instead of looking at the information that grows daily regarding electronic cigarettes.
The physical blind spot: This is a little similar to the first – electronic cigarettes look like cigarettes, and that is to ‘their’ mind not allowed. Cigarette smoking is banned, so if it looks like a cigarette – then no, you can’t do it. I wonder, had e-cigarettes were they were first invented looked anything other than like a tobacco cigarette – perhaps they would not have been banned.
The financial blind spot: Without a doubt there has to be a blind spot here. We all know that cigarette tax raises a small fortune, but we also hear the other side as to how much smokers cost the economy, but how about the savings of allowing people to vape instead of smoke? How about the harm reduction aspect, the potential lowering of health costs from vapers?
Maybe it is a mixture of all 3, and we should be handing out blind spot mirrors to each and every council to stick on their legislation