Vaping is safer than smoking
Five Councils in England: Newcastle City, Manchester City, Durham County, Northumberland County, North Tyneside are going to be the first to ban smoking outside hospitality venues where there are tables. Bars, restaurants and cafes are in the first wave, with more locations and councils to follow.
There has been no mention at all about vaping also being included in this kerbside ban, but what we do know is that recent reports by Public Health England (PHE) and the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) suggest that vaping should be more accessible and accepted than smoking. These reports need to be taken seriously. Harm reduction only works through allowing accessible safer alternatives.
This is all part of the plan for a smoke free UK by 2030, a target that many now believe to be hopelessly optimistic. Harm reduction is a good thing, but can it not be done while treating smokers like humans, rather than demonising millions of people in the UK?
Vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking
While we are bound by restrictions as vapers, they are nowhere near as stringent as those being imposed on smokers and this should be the case. We know that smoking is harmful, it kills people, tens of thousands of people every day. We also know that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking.
Vaping is much more normalised now than back in its infancy. When done sensibly vaping can be discreet and unobtrusive. There is no risk to anyone close by, as there is no such thing as ‘passive vaping’. We know that vaping is better for smokers, so surely this is the correct way to combat smoking, especially in hospitality locations.
Not stripping civil liberties, not prohibition which we know through history has never worked, but safer choices. Not ‘banning’ the behaviour, but offering an alternative way of enjoying the behaviour that is much less harmful, which we know from history does work.
Make e-cigs available in pubs
Why not make e-cigarettes available in pubs, cafes, restaurants, bars? Move smokers who are now ‘banned’ outside of these establishments to pick up an e-cig and vape, while educating the general public that vaping and smoking are not and never have been the same thing.
Do you live in an area that is having these bans imposed? Are you a smoker? Then this is a great time to switch completely to a much safer alternative. This isn’t a sales pitch, this is an honest statement from ex-smokers. Yes, we feel so much better now that we don’t smoke, but vape. You should join us, you don’t know what you are missing. Find your nearest vape store, talk to vapers, do your research online.
But ignore the media scare stories, stick to the facts. Look at NHS, PHE, Cancer Research UK, RCP web pages about e-cigarettes and make up your own mind, but let us tell you this, the grass really is greener.