The electronic cigarette is a breakthrough in public health as it gives people the opportunity to stop smoking cigarettes without using any form of nicotine. However, in the past e-Cig shops have been accused of being a nuisance rather than a help in quitting smoking. These shops have opened up in areas where there was none before and created a problem for smokers trying to quit. They were seen as a place where cigarettes were sold to people who did not even smoke and thus creating a nuisance for them.
However, these shops have now been banned in the UK under the Trading Act. This means that you cannot smoke anywhere that is to be smoked in and anyone coming into that area will be charged with smoking in public. This effectively makes the e-Cig shop ban all together. It is however, still possible to find places on the internet that allow e-Cig smoking but not in public places. This is because there are e-Cig shops that operate virtual stores and thus do not need to be subject to the same laws as a real life branch.
However, there are some restrictions that are applied to the sale of e-Cig products. For instance, you are only allowed to purchase e-Cig products from approved e-Cig shops and you must display the e-Cig shop logo on your unit. This means that smokers are not able to advertise or display their brands on their electronic cigarettes. You are also not allowed to use any electronic cigarette that does not come with a working brand. If you are caught doing this, you face a fine or a prosecution.
Many argue that there is no reason why a person should have to smoke an electronic cigarette if they don’t want to. They argue that smoking is a bad habit that leads to diseases such as cancer, heart disease and emphysema. However, these diseases are usually associated with second hand smoking. Electronic cigarettes are a source of nicotine and they can also deliver other harmful chemicals such as tar and carbon monoxide. Therefore, smoking is a double threat to the smoker.
Many people are also worried about the ingredients used in e-Cig cigarettes. The fear is that there may be traces of poison and other toxins in the liquids that are sold at e-Cig shops. This is because the manufacturing process of e-Cig cigarettes is very simple. No natural substances are used and the liquids are mostly made with glycerine and water. There are also no regulations applying to the labelling of e-Cig products.
However, it would be unwise to completely discard e-Cig shops altogether. It is true that smoking has become a major health risk. Statistics show that people who smoke regularly increase their chances of developing heart disease, cancer and diabetes. However, if a person is ready to quit smoking for the sake of his or her health, he or she should be willing to do so voluntarily. For this reason, it would be prudent to try out an e-Cig shop before completely giving up on the habit.
An e-Cig store is not a place where you can get caught smoking. It is a private party place for the sole purpose of selling e-Cigarettes. Hence, an e-Cig shop does not have the rule that smoking is strictly prohibited. In other words, a store manager can say that anyone who approaches the store can start smoking as long as he or she is not a smoker.
Therefore, e-Cig shops exist mainly as a convenience for the smoker to be able to buy a cigarette, stay cool and avoid the social stigma attached to smoking. However, it is advisable to make sure that the person who approaches the e-Cig shop does have an intention of quitting the harmful habit. If a person approaches the shop with the specific intention, then surely he or she will not make a habit of smoking. Hence, it is not advisable to approach an e-Cig shop with the sole intention of lighting up and taking it easy.