E-Cigarettes Redux: A Society In Fear Of Mistakes


A few weeks ago, I wrote about cultural anxiety directed at what young people are doing wrong in the context of smoking and vaping. From the iconic image of the black cinema where cigarette smoke revolves around the night air to the present that children are “bad”, there is no lack of social and cultural interpretations of this last chapter of a repetitive phenomenon: adolescents reject What is expected of them. Since the publication of that article, dozens of articles have been published on the dangers of vaping, particularly for adolescents, and lawmakers across the country have introduced measures to stop the growing trend in the under 21 group.

Republican Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, of District 36 in New Jersey, and Republican Assemblyman Anthony Bucco, of District 25, introduced a new bill that would ban the possession of electronic devices to smoke for those under 21 years of age. And there have been bills introduced to limit or restrict vaping or sales during the past month in Colorado, Tennessee, Minnesota, South Dakota, Washington, Kentucky, South Carolina, Maine, Florida, Arkansas, Connecticut and many other states . Since restricting where these products can be purchased, imposing stricter age limits and even making traditional non-smoking areas out of the vaping boundary as they are for tobacco smokers, lawmakers are clearly concerned about the impacts of vaping on public health, especially those that are under the law. 21 years old. They show us headlines in which middle school children “learn about the dangers of vaping” accompanied by a picture of these children receiving gum packs. However, stories abound throughout the pond about how electronic cigarettes are “less bad” than smoking in the UK, while Irish politicians push for more research into the possible “benefits and harms” of vaping. .

This last approach seems to me the rational and empirical response to this issue, given that only scientific research should inform decisions instead of the alarmism that seems to be in full force elsewhere. Senator Catherine Noone of Fine Gael welcomed the news and told Irish Mirror that she expected e-cigarettes to be incorporated into a national approach to combating smoking rates in Ireland, a tactic that has been effective in other countries Like the United Kingdom where the Public Health England (PHE, for its acronym in English) has been declared official that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking. In fact, PHE has adopted electronic cigarettes as an instrument to stop smoking and has seen smoking rates fall below 15%, while other countries such as Ireland have struggled to significantly reduce the smoking rate. In reading the rush to create laws on vaping in recent weeks, I was surprised by the part of the legislative impulse that comes from the assumption that vaping is more harmful than other things that teenagers could do and the large number of fears . they come from some very unfounded claims.