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.