This has been bothering me for some time now but a recent feature in the Times brought it back to the forefront of my mind.
The ‘e- cigarette’ and the tacit approval of the government to its sale, without punitive tax regimes or health warnings. The e-cigarette contains all of the unpleasant and highly addictive nicotine but in an as yet untested delivery system.
These things are marketed in different flavours and no mention is made of the fact that nicotine is considered more addictive than heroin and of course is a drug that has some nasty side effects.
What bemuses me is why the state has not acted to bring this new delivery system under supervision, to the point that they are turning a blind eye to suppliers actively growing a market. Let’s not mince words, growing a market means getting more people hooked on a highly addictive drug.
Far be it from me to cast aspersions but the biggest supplier of e-cigarettes is British American Tobacco, via a series of shell companies, BAT are the biggest wholesaler of tobacco in the UK and therefore their product generates hundreds of millions in tax revenue. Could it be that the UK government are encouraging the growth in e-cigarettes now because the, allegedly, lower health risks result in less NHS expenditure? Of course the addiction will remain and ask any motorist, addiction is the easiest thing to tax . . . . Don’t think cocaine is next? Visit a council estate near you and think again.