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A Ban, (Not So) Unexpected One

There has been a cancerous anti e-cig mood at all levels – from WHO's attempts to talk governments into banning electronic cigarettes to an article base forbidding "Article content or links that promote or describe the use of electronic cigarettes". And this was under the sub-section "Hard Alcohol/Tobacco-Related Products or Prescription Drugs".

What makes things more confusing is that they do have articles describing e-cigarettes and dating from 2008 to 2010. They must have had a change of editors, from normal to, well, this.

I reluctantly provide the link to that specific page (ban), only to show I am telling the truth, but don't really want to promote that site.

Let me make this clear, not to wage war against these people (who didn't even bother to answer my e-mail), but to discuss an attitude so typical whenever it comes to e-cigarettes:

On the same page it's written that you can not describe hard alcohol products. Which further means you can describe and promote wine and beer.

Wine in normal quantities can be beneficial but in large quantities it can lead to alcoholism. Everything in such quantities (including internet use) leads to addiction, for that matter. Coffee may cause addiction, even a severe one like in the case of Honore de Balsac, French writer, who had innumerable cups of coffee daily.

Yet, you'll never hear of any ban to discuss, describe and promote coffee, wine and beer. Of course, I would be very unpleasantly surprised to hear that myself though I'm not addicted to any of these and would write an article similar to this one in tone.

Electronic cigarettes are a harm reduction product. As such, and this is exactly what these people fail to understand, they reduce the obvious tobacco harm. E-cigarette users report being able to breathe without wheezing again, they show their nicotine level tests, their chest x-rays and other evidence of improved health all over the internet. But it obviously doesn't matter much, does it?

Yes, that's right – we, who are proud to talk about the benefits of electronic cigarettes and proud to sell or advertise them are stuffed on the same page with hard alcohol and tobacco. And pornography. And bomb-making.

So, let's just stop here and make a brief note of time and place – Internet, Oct 27, 2012.


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