The e-cigarette revolution

I’m fascinated by e-cigarettes. In case you haven’t seen them, they look just like real fags, weigh a bit more, and have a light that glows when you puff on them. Instead of inhaling tobacco smoke, you drag on, and exhale, vapour imbued with a touch of nicotine. They work in the same way as asthma inhalers. The potential for them is vast.

The sensation is very similar to smoking, down to the nicotine hit and the feel and look of puffing on a fag. But they’re almost completely harmless – the medical comparison is to drinking a cup of coffee.

Smokers tell me there’s still something missing from the sensation – perhaps the smell of tobacco, or the weight of the e-cig, or the missing ritual of lighting and burning. But as the industry matures it will approximate these sensations better.

What’s revolutionary, of course, aside from the health issue, is that you can ‘smoke’ them indoors – on planes and trains, in pubs, at a party, at work. They’re cheaper than tobacco in most western countries too.

E-cigs have the potential to transform utterly the social habits of smokers, with hugely beneficial knock on effects. Last time I was in a pub three-quarters of the punters were huddled outside the door in the pouring rain. No wonder pubs are going bust left right and centre as smokers stay at home and watch the X Factor with a can of lager instead of going out.

So the pub and restaurant trades stand to benefit alongside people’s health and wealth. Britain could become a much happier, more sociable and cohesive place all round.

But already the forces of puritanism are gathering, as I wrote here. Health lobbyists are scrambling to find any evidence, however tenuous, that e-cigs are bad for you and others round you. Some companies have already banned them from the workplace simply because they look a bit like cigarettes and are distracting.

It can be rather disconcerting to see somebody ‘vaping’ indoors, and the ban brigade could well try to pounce before these take off.

That would be a tragedy.

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4 Responses to The e-cigarette revolution

  1. Chasidy Phommaseng says:

    e-cigarettes are nice since they do not contain so many harmful chemicals that cause cancer.’

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  2. Anu Pesälä says:

    Me too i am really amaze to e-cigarette and i am still wondering how they make it.In Sweden many of smoker having difficulties to quit smoking use e-cigarette because they are believing it is an alternative way to reduce smoking and possibility to annoy and quit to smoke.

  3. Christian Rene Friborg says:

    The nicotine hit is somehow different but still it can be the best way to help yourself quit from smoking.

  4. neilfutureboy says:

    Tghe problem with technological solutions to political problems that the politicos butress with pseudo-scientific arguments is that solving the argued problem never leads the politicos to change their mind – they just invent new arguments. look at the arguments for global warming, against nuclear power, shale gas or GM.

    We must face the basic problem that politics attracts fascist parasites who just like banning things & hate technological progress. The voters, on the other hand, don’t.

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