The government is missing an important opportunity to cut deaths from smoking, says a committee of MPs who are calling for a cut in the tax on e-cigarettes. They are also urging the government to allow more advertising and to rethink the ban on vaping on buses, trains and in other public places.
First, I don’t think they should be cutting taxes on so-called e-cigarettes. They should be increasing them. Vaping is neither ok nor a socially acceptable habit. Fine, increase taxes on tobacco even further if existing taxes aren’t doing the job of discouraging smoking. Make the buggers pay.
Second, it is definitely NOT OK for government to be advocating increased pollution of streets and other public places. Have non-smokers no right to smoke or vapour-free air? Are we now expected to hold our breaths for an entire bus journey so some twit can blissfully vape away, happy in the knowledge he, she or it is pissing the hell out of their fellow passengers? Noise pollution from loud earphones is bad enough without this harassment.
One of the best things that happened in Britain was the ban on smoking in public areas and in businesses. It was actually possible to breath again. Vaping may be a health improvement for a smoker, no real evidence on that yet as it hasn’t been around long enough, but it is just as foul a habit to anyone around them. You cannot pass these smelly people in the street without holding your breath, and walking behind one forces you to cross the street to avoid the gases and vapours coming out of that thing they are slobbering on.
It is disgusting, not just being next to a vaper, but that a Commons committee should recommend ruining the lives of non-smokers by allowing this foul habit on public transport and in enclosed public spaces. I really do not care if relaxation of the law might have health benefits for smokers. It has a high impact on those of us who prefer not to breathe someone else’s fumes, be they cigarettes or vapes.
Even worse is the notion that rules should be relaxed in offices. In England, only 14.9% of the population are classified as smokers. Without a detailed study of the report, it’s not clear from summaries exactly how many additional people are vapers, percentages given vary by age group, but it’s between 3-8%.
So, that’s less that a quarter of the population polluting the environment with smelly smoke and vapours, but these stupid MPs think that over 75% of the population should all have to second hand vape in public spaces and even workplaces to persuade more smokers to join the vapers? Bah humbug to that! If they really want to stop smoking, let them get a prescription NHS nicotine patch. I’m happy to help pay for that through taxes.
As it is, I am asphyxiated by having to hold my breath while trying to get into my workplace with all the smokers and vapers creating bad air by the entrance, or at bus stops where inconsiderate people smoke or vape while disregarding their fellow passengers’ discomfort. I’m not at the point of saying these people should be shot, not even the MPs who wrote that inconsiderate report, but by god those moronic MPs should have their heads firmly slapped.
No, wait, I have a better idea. Lock them in an un-ventilated room with a vaper. See how they like it then.