Smoke Without Fire Documentary
Check out this really interesting Smoke Without Fire documentary! If you are a fellow Vaper it is definitely worth watching their videos on Youtube. The documentary above raises a number of great questions around the potential banning of e-cigs. Smoke without fire, aka SWOF, are a campaign group opposing the banning of electronic cigarettes and are trying to fight bans across the EU on e-cigs. They have influenced the EU’s decision on voting not to ban e-cigarettes in the EU. Instead the EU has now decided to let every member state decide on whether or not to ban electronic cigarettes themselves. With some countries looking to enforce stricter rules on e-cigarettes it once again begs the question on why some governments are being so strict on a product that is far less harmful than its tar filled, chemical fueled counterpart.
Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and France have all banned electronic cigarettes with other countries looking to impose similar regulations. The U.S. on the other hand has very confusing laws. It allows the sale and smoking of e-cigs federally but many independent states have created their own laws and restrictions.
The Smoke Without Fire documentary shows that governments around the world are completely at a loss as to how to deal with electronic cigarettes, with such differing regulations from country to country. It seems somewhat ludicrous though that governments are trying to ban something which is proven to help individuals stop smoking, a habit which is killing around 4 million people worldwide. Whilst the jury is still out as to what the long terms side effects of e-cigs are, I still think they should not be banned completely. I agree with the UK that electronic cigarettes should be banned for under 18s but to be banned altogether is nonsense. What are your thoughts? Are governments justified in banning e-cigarettes?