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Thread: Where there's clear smoke there's less fire - Pat Sheil speaks out in The Age

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    Where there's clear smoke there's less fire - Pat Sheil speaks out in The Age

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    Where there's clear smoke there's less fire
    Author: Pat
    Date: 27/05/2013
    Words: 507
    Source: AGE
    Publication: The Age
    Section: Pulse
    Page: 7
    Having switched to e-cigarettes, Pat Sheil says puffers who light up safely should no longer be vilified.
    On my birthday in March, having been a pack-a-day smoker for 40-odd years, I smoked my last cigarette. Well, my last inflammable cigarette. Now I smoke electric cigarettes.

    A friend who has been using them for over a year handed me a "starter kit" as a birthday present, and assured me they would change my life.

    He was right, and I think they're going to change a lot of other lives before long, too.

    When I started smoking, you could puff just about anywhere except in an oil refinery or an explosives warehouse, but for 20 years we addicts have been in shambolic retreat, to be seen huddled in fire escapes and behind bus shelters, fighting a desperate rearguard action to hold on to our last remaining outdoor citadels. But even the beer gardens and alfresco cafes look certain to fall before long.

    It seemed only a matter of time before smoking would go the way of pornography, and be indulged in only behind closed doors in private premises.

    The electric cigarette changes everything. It has reopened a can of worms that government and health regulators assumed they had welded well and truly shut. By virtue of emitting no tar, indeed, no carcinogens of any kind, they knock the stuffing out of passive-smoking concerns. They do not stink, so there is no reason to complain that they interfere with others' enjoyment of food and drink. No butts are left over and no ash is spilled, so they create no litter. They emit a clear vapour but do not burn, and so pose no fire risk. The batteries are rechargeable, the rest recyclable.

    In essence, they allow hopeless nicotine addicts to get their fix without annoying other people and, by dramatically reducing the risk of serious illness inherent in smoking tobacco, have the potential to save billions of dollars spent treating smoking-related disease.

    And yet, despite being, by any rational assessment, a vast improvement over tobacco products, federal and state governments insist that anyone who wants to satisfy a craving for nicotine has to ignite and injest a toxic cocktail of stinking carcinogenic rubbish.

    And pay a fortune for the privilege, mind you. To get the compulsory poisons, smokers shell out almost 10 times as much at the corner shop than they do buying electro-fags online. I recently had the singular pleasure, after watching a young lady cough, look furtively about, and throw her burning cigarette butt into the gutter, of turning to a complete stranger and remarking, "Filthy habit, isn't it?"

    I still have the packet of smokes I bought on my birthday before I went electric. I smoked five of them over the first two days - the rest are untouched. Sure, it's possible that with sheer willpower I might have given up nicotine as well as tar and stench, but after 40 years, not likely.

    But I can survive a nicotine habit. Endless doses of carcinogens are a completely different proposition.

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    Bloody well said!

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    We need to contact him and thank him and perhaps inspire him to write another article with interviews from other vapers?

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    Nice article!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessamine View Post
    We need to contact him and thank him and perhaps inspire him to write another article with interviews from other vapers?
    That's a good idea, I'll try to find his contact details. An editorial style article with interviews might well get wider exposure than an opinion column and the public needs all the positive vaping education it can get.

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    Awesome

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    Bloody fantastic.
    Sixth Vape Year and Four Years Sans Durry.

 

 

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