ATTN Public Health-ers. Ban proponents say e-cigarettes are a public health issue. I got this link from a School of Public Health classmate on Facebook. Smoking cigarettes is a long-standing public health issue, with its association with higher risks for disease. Banning smoking has been used as an intervention to decrease rates of smoking, but effects have varied across populations, for example, among adults. Two commenters point out:
1) Honestly, “If this device turns out to be safe”? It’s been proven to be safer than cigarettes. This is not for our own good, but for control.
2) “That’s true, and it’s also the point.” So the point is to limit incentives for smokers to switch to a clearly safer product? Or is the point control?
Safety of e-cigarettes as an alternative to cigarettes, and control of an uncontrolled product with unknown long-term effects - what do you think? Also consider public spaces, effects of mass media attention on the issue… how do the physical and social environments play into e-cigarette use and regulation?