Electronic cigarettes. Get Real!
Too realistic for their own good?
The anti-smoking law that appeared in the UK in 2007 warned us: 'It's an offence to be in possession of lit tobacco in enclosed public places'. So surely good news for electronic cigarette smokers as, a) they aren't lit b) they contain no tobacco.
Well it should be good news, but as ever with anything, there’s small print, and this states: 'It is at the discretion of individual institutions to decide whether electronic cigarettes should be banned'. And a few organisations have grabbed onto this small print to ban e cigarettes from their watchful eyes.
Recently some universities have been stamping out the use of electronic cigarettes. Nottingham Trent University sent round a memo to staff explaining that e-cigs were 'potentially disruptive' as they can be a 'distraction as appear to be real cigarettes'. Students and teachers could only smoke them outside in designated areas.
They're not the only ones with this reason either. Good old JD Wetherspoons not only bans music, but it also now bans e cigarettes. The spokesperson for the pub chain says, 'We have experienced customers attempting to pass real cigarettes off as an electronic cigarettes’.
So electronic cigarettes do zero harm to anyone around them, don’t smell and are totally inoffensive - but it looks like they’ve become a victim of their success to offer a real smoking experience! Surely in the olden days (circa 2007) when they looked like a chunky mouth organ no one would have banned them as it was obvious they weren’t real. How annoying.
Have you ever been told to ‘put out’ your electronic cigarette?