Originally Posted by Scofflaw
Highly addictive, yes - dangerous, also true, although not more than many other substances:
Death directly from nicotine poisoning is very rare, though. A couple of individuals who smoked vast numbers of cigarettes for bets or in competitions is all I'm aware of.
However, I don't think one can just wave away the issue that you're allowing companies to sell a highly addictive substance, and one where there is a well-established, ubiquitously available, and highly dangerous alternative
Actually neither as addictive or dangerous as it's made out to be. Nicotine also has benefits in brain function.
Remember all these claims come from a time when nicotine was only available in combination with smoke. The health lobby thought it an acceptable lie to exaggerate the adictivness and toxicity of nicotine. If it lead to people becoming negative towards nicotine then it would lead to negativity to smoking.
The propaganda went on so long that the problem is now seen as not smoking but nicotine addiction.
Yes theirs lobbying from vested interests, pharma needs smokers to buy both it's nrt and chemo, this alone doesn't account for the massive resistance to ecigs though. It the years of producing a pavlovian response to anything that looks like smoking that's driving the hesitation to embrace ecigs for what they are a safe recreational nicotine system.
Anyway a bit from the topic at hand, the EU TPD and what needs to be done about it.
Once the TPD is rubber stamped by the council it will be EU law and must be implemented in member state legislation within 2 years. Until a member state enacts legislation, their can't be a legal challenge.
In the meantime the EU European Citizens' Initiative, a mechanism provided by the EU that allows its concerned citizens to express their common opinion on how the European Parliament should approach certain subjects allows a process that can challenge this if 7 states can produce enough support.
It's all we have so get your friends, family, strangers on the bus, anyone at all who has an email addy. I am taking it for granted you have already signed it your self.
Sign here; https://ec.europa.eu/citizens-initia...blic/signup.do
And read all about it here; http://www.efvi.eu/