Under 18s could be banned from buying electronic cigarettes. Experts are concerned the devices are normalising smoking and could harm young people.
.A banning amendment is currently going through parliament that would also make it illegal for an adult to buy an E cigarette for someone under 18.
The devices are designed to help smokers cure their habit and supporters say ‘they are as effective as a nicotine patch’. E-cigarettes are battery operated nicotine inhalers that consist of a rechargeable lithium battery, a cartridge called a cartomizer.
The cartomizer is filled with an e-liquid that typically contains the chemical propylene glycol along with nicotine, flavoring and other additives.
Julie Hanley, a worker at CoolVape, Nottingham has a positive opinion on E-cigarettes.
“It is a gateway out of smoking… friends of mine have quit because of E-cigarettes” – Julie Hanley, CoolVape
CoolVape has recently opened and provides daily music to its customers encouraging more people to get ‘into the café and get out of smoking’.
Student and E-cigarette smoker, Dan Crouchman, believes that the new flavours entice people to smoke E-cigarettes.
“If someone was to try a flavoured E-cigarette there is a strong possibility they would then move onto real cigarettes.”
“I’ve found I maintain a craving for usual cigarettes and E-cigarettes often tempt me to smoke more.”
“I realise others may have been able to quit with E-cigarettes as a help but everyone is different I guess.” – Dan Crouchman, E Cigarette smoker
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