Cumbria Council: E-cigs pose ‘considerable risk’ to children
Last updated at 09:46, Tuesday, 15 July 2014
ELECTRONIC cigarettes may “re-normalise” smoking and pose a “considerable risk” to children in Cumbria – according to local health bodies.
The devices, known as e-cigarettes, deliver nicotine vapour without many of the harmful chemicals associated with traditional cigarettes, and have been regarded as a useful tool in helping smokers quit the habit.
But Colin Cox, recently appointed director of public health at Cumbria County Council, expressed fears that increasingly colourful designs and a variety of “flavours” seen in the past 12 months could be getting children addicted to nicotine even when they would not have tried smoking.
Mr Cox told a meeting of Cumbria Health and Wellbeing Board on Friday that while e-cigarettes are “considerably safer” that normal cigarettes, they may “re-normalise” smoking.”
He called on member organisations of the board to adopt a policy classing e-cigarettes in the same category as normal tobacco products.
Councillor Anne Burns, cabinet member for children’s services at Cumbria County Council, said: “In the 1950s people were encouraged to smoke. When I started work I didn’t smoke and the other girls said they would teach me.
“Now people are thinking that e-cigarettes are safe and we don’t know that. We should be very cautious. I quit using the NHS and if you want to quit you can, you don’t need e-cigarettes.”
The board heard discussions with groups involving young people revealed modern e-cigarettes were proving particularly attractive to young women.
Councillor Brendan Sweeney, deputy leader of Barrow Borough Council, said the devices posed other dangers related to children getting hold of canisters of nicotine, which can be poisonous if drunk.
The board agreed to mount a campaign discouraging young people from trying e-cigarettes.
First published at 09:45, Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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This is irresponsible journalism based on no fact. Why would anyone consider this a gateway to smoking ? Why would a young person who tries vaping move to a horrendous tobacco product that tastes could and costs ten pounds a pack? When will people realise that vaping and smoking are completely different? It's like saying drinking water may lead to drinking vodka? Read the facts that ASH and worldwide leading medical experts present and stop contributing to moral panic. Can the reporter here please read the standard moral panic journalist text book. "Power without responsibility" and not act like an NUJ intern.
Electronic cigarettes are for adults. Sex is for adults. Alcohol is for adults. Children try it all - that's what children do. They always have. So making the point that Public Health is trying to protect children when they actually want to stop smokers switching to a safer method of getting recreational nicotine will not wash. Public Health needs to choose other excuses. Drinking "canisters" CANISTERS! of poisonous e liquid will not wash either as, in that form, it causes immediate vomiting which usually saves the life of the drinkee. Several unsuccessful suicide attempts prove this. Public health have been given - free - the best method to stop smokers smoking. Just stop peddling "fear". Close down your Smoking Services, save my tax money that is being squandered on patches, inhalers and drugs to stop people smoking, and let the consumer market do the job for you. Millions of happy vapers can't be wrong! For an alternative intelligent view of nicotine watch this video - http://www.clivebates.com/?p=2282
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