Tuesday, 5 November 2013
Are they or are they not? I’m talking about the E-Cig. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, controversy has come to the fore with various experts giving their opinions. Kate Moss is a fan, as is Leonardo DiCaprio. With an estimated seven million users in Europe alone, electronic cigarettes are definitely on-trend. They are also proving controversial: last week, a Mothercare worker was suspended after “vaping” in front of customers. Vaping, yet another new word introduced into the English language meaning ‘smoking’. Health sharply divided about the e-cigarette, with some arguing they could substantially cut deaths from tobacco – of which there are 100,000 annually in the UK – while others warn they will only glamorise smoking, especially among the young. Euro MPs added to the confusion last week by throwing out a European Commission proposal, supported by the UK’s regulatory authority, to treat e-cigarettes as medicines.