Tobacco based products such as cigarettes are known to cause serious harm and yet are happily stacked on store shelves across the country.
Yet, electronic cigarettes have been villified by the media, government and medical professionals. All seizing on the fact that they have not been around long enough to be able to say whether they are or are not safe. Of course not a shred of evidence has been produced to show that they do cause damage but that has not stopped the anti-ecigs lobby from marching on.
In fact some countries such as Mexico, Australia, Israel, Brazil, Hong Kong, Panama, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates have taken the clearly counter-productive step of banning electronic cigarettes altogether on some highly unconvincing grounds.
Fine if people want to kill themselves smoking cigarettes (and continue to pay the lovely governments big money in taxes) but we can't have people using less harmful alternatives now can we!
Now, Dr Keith Ablow, a noted psychiatrist and medical news reporter for Fox News has publically come out and recommended electronic cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool for smokers who fail to quit using other methods.
Dr. Ablow wrote: "Since many of my patients have reported using electronic cigarettes to successfully stop smoking, I now recommend the devices to anyone who has tried to quit smoking cold turkey and failed. And I think it is time that other doctors do, too."
Dr Ablow's patient's gave a number of reasons why electronic cigarettes have helped them where other options failed:
- they simulate the act of smoking, but not perfectly
- they are good enough to substitute for real cigarettes, but they aren’t good enough to become an addiction, in and of themselves
Whilst aware of the criticisms, Dr. Ablow recognises that electronic cigarettes are undeniably much safer than tobacco cigarettes.
Dr. Ablow concludes: "Given my experiences and those of numerous clinicians I have spoken with, it would seem to be a good time to conduct large scale clinical trials in which patients who smoke are given electronic cigarettes by their doctors, encouraged to use them and then quizzed on their use of real tobacco weeks and months and years later. If the data generated support the product, then it may be wise for medical insurance companies to offer electronic cigarettes to smokers for free. My bet is they would save lots of money—from the costs of treating heart disease and cancer—down the road."
Of course Uniqbuy do not market electronic cigarettes as NRT products. That is not their primary purpose - they are simply an alternative to cigarettes. But it is refreshing that a medical professional is comfortable and brave enough to use some common sense and rational thinking and come out in support of electronic cigarettes.