Defy the smoking ban with e-cigarettes


by Iti Sapuph

Defy the smoking ban with e-cigarettes

Despite the fact that the smoking ban has been enforced for several years, many still struggle to withstand their cravings in public places. Many may choose to use e-cigarettes to help them quit but others just want to be able to smoke indoors again. So how can e-cigarettes help you defy the smoking ban?

About the smoking ban

The smoking ban came into effect in 2006 in Scotland and in July 2007 for the rest of the UK. The aim of the legislation was to ban smoking in public places in order to encourage smokers to quit and to prevent second hand smoke from causing health problems in non-smokers. Smoking restrictions were phased in slowly with the ban first coming into effect in government and NHS buildings. Thereafter, it was banned in all workplaces, including restaurants and bars serving food. Despite the ban being championed by many, others were not in agreement. Many MPs were also opposed to the ban. Nevertheless, the ban took effect and smokers were forced to choose to quit or stand outside with their cigarettes.

Avoid the cold: go for an e-cigarette

Let’s face it: many people just don’t feel ready to quit and a large number of people refuse to be told when they should quit smoking. The smoking ban may have helped many to give up their tobacco habit, but many people are still defiant and want to be able to relax when out with friends until they feel the time is right to quit. Although smoking is unhealthy, choosing to quit is exactly that: a choice. Addiction to nicotine is one of the most powerful addictions out there and non-addicts or non-smokers cannot possibly understand the mental struggle that comes with quitting cold turkey. The e-cigarette is a powerful tool which can help stop the cravings and can allow smokers to satisfy these cravings without subjecting others to their second hand smoke. Not only can smokers feel comfortable when they are out in a bar or restaurant, but so can non-smokers as they will not be subjected to the odour of smoke or the toxins in smoke found in cigarettes.

The ban has been the subject of much debate since it was first introduced. There are no right or wrong answers: non-smokers don’t want to have to breathe in smoke and smokers want to smoke when they are in public. However, there can be a happy medium. E-cigarettes could be the solution to everyone’s problems provided that non-smokers are open to the idea.

If you feel that you are not ready to quit smoking and don’t feel like you can relax without a cigarette while at a restaurant or bar, then carry an e-cigarette around. It is probably wise not to start using them in your place of work or even in certain public places without permission, but they can still help you, even if it helps knowing that you have one in your pocket or handbag. Whether you are using e-cigarettes as a quitting aid or you are using them to cope with the smoking ban, they are useful tools to help curb strong nicotine cravings.

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14 responses to “Defy the smoking ban with e-cigarettes

  1. Just last night a young chap told me he was trying to stop smoking but was having great difficulty – “why do you not try e-cigarettes” I suggested.

    “They are more harmful than ordinary cigarettes” he replied.

    The propaganda smear campaign against e-cigarettes is having an effect – a tragic effect.

  2. You didn’t mention the large number of smokers who have no intention of quitting, and why should they?

    How dare anyone tell them how to live?

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  4. “The propaganda smear campaign against e-cigarettes is having an effect – a tragic effect.”

    Tobacco controllers seem to have no qualms about sacrificing lives to achieve their aims. I had a look at smoking deaths in Sweden and the EU since the EU banned the smoking alternative Snus. One report estimated that smoking deaths in Sweden (where Snus is legal) among men was just 10% of total deaths, whereas the estimate for the EU as a whole (where Snus is illegal) was over 20% of deaths. (Smoking death calculations are often argued about but you get the general picture.)

    “You didn’t mention the large number of smokers who have no intention of quitting, and why should they?”

    I thought the point of the article was that smokers could use ecigs in places that they can’t use smoking, not that they had to quit?

    “If you feel that you are not ready to quit smoking and don’t feel like you can relax without a cigarette while at a restaurant or bar, then carry an e-cigarette around. ”

    There are lots of people who are dual users.

  5. What is need of banning e cigarette if it is smokeless as well as doesn’t include nicotine, tar and tobacco. It is 100% safe compared to tobacco cigarettes, so I think that a ban on electronic cigarettes should be removed and allow to use peoples’ e cigarettes.

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