Government Told to be Nicer to Vapers

By Gary Cutlack on at

A committee of MPs looking into the modern issue of vaping has declared it basically a good thing that should be encouraged, as current thinking suggests there's little evidence that e-cigs are a "gateway" to real old fashioned smoking, and that any option that keeps people away from the old cancerous type of burny-burny cigarettes ought to be embraced and more easily prescribed by doctors.

That's the back-of-a-vape-refill summary of the Science and Technology Committee report on e-cigarettes, which says current government policy is overlooking the usefulness of e-cigs as a tool to get smokers to quit, and this should be the number one reason they exist. GPs should be encouraged to prescribe e-cigs to smokers to help them quit, the committee recommends, and regulations on the strength of fluid and tank sizes should be rethought as they're petty barriers that could stop a heavy smoker from switching to vapes full time.

The MPs think the government should even move to relax restrictions on the advertising of e-cigarettes, and even let people start using them on public transport, as if you think about them solely as medical methods to get people off normal burning fags they're virtually health tools and magical life-extending devices.

Committee chair Norman Lamb said lay off them vapers, explaining: "E-cigarettes are less harmful than conventional cigarettes, but current policy and regulations do not sufficiently reflect this and businesses, transport providers and public places should stop viewing conventional and e-cigarettes as one and the same. There is no public health rationale for doing so." [Parliament via BBC]