The ever-brilliant Clive Bates has written, again, such an influential, ever so relevant view of the vaping conundrum we are still facing today…
“Ten perverse intellectual contortions: a guide to the sophistry of anti-vaping activists
This puts it nicely:
Life is short and shorter for smokers. Just legalise vaping.
That statement is a plain-speaking and hyper-concise dissenting report from Andrew Laming MP, one of two dissenting reports from Australia’s recently-completed parliamentary inquiry into vaping (The other dissenting report provides a model of clear, concise reasoning too, and, unusually, the dissent came from the committee chairman, signalling a welcome fracture in Australia’s political support for prohibition)
Though short, it is basically right and sufficient: no-one is trying to live forever; everyone is trying to enjoy the life they have; some people like the drug nicotine or don’t want to quit enough to stop using it; smokers die earlier because of smoke; vaping avoids the smoke problem and does not appear to create material new problems; so it follows that vaping should not be illegal. In fact, it should be encouraged. It really is that simple. “