Sep 29, 2014 6:23 PM

The debate on e-cigarettes in NH

Trying to break a habit isn't easy so looking for the tools to help is always a plus.

A big topic on Capital Hill are the policies surrounding e-cigarettes and the debate rages on, too, here in New Hampshire.

"The government says these things are bad, so people follow their superiors, 'oh all these high superiors say it's bad for you, go back to cigarettes, they're better for you.' No they're not. Do your research," Colin Fletcher said.

E-cigarettes are what many smokers use to help them quit for good. This tool is currently caught in-between policy makers and the competitive cigarette industry.

Mike Johnson, Owner of Holy Smokes in Manchester said, "The bottom line is the cigarette industry has been poisoning the country for the last 100 years and getting away with it."

Tobacco is highly regulated everywhere but now e-cigarettes are under fire.

The cigarette industry is trying to get rid of it right now so they are working with the FDA to try and make it disappear. So the FDA and cigarette companies, they are best friends, they work together, they always have and they always will," Fletcher said.

Some say science is partially to blame.

"We don't yet know what is coming out the end of these e-cigarettes and what you and I would be breathing in if we were in a room with other's who are vaping," said Diane Smogor pf Breathe New Hampshire.

At one point Colin Fletcher was smoking two packs a day, but he's now a converted cloud taster, thanks to e-cigarettes. He said policy makers are fearing something they know nothing about.

"Research what they are trying to ban and what they are trying not to ban. Cigarettes should be banned, I've seen many accounts of family members dying from cigarettes whereas vaping is the safest way to smoke," Fletcher said.

Until more is scientifically known, even tobacco opponents are unsure how to properly regulate them.

"From a broader perspective, are there any risk to, in particular, kids then I think it's hard to build policy around unknown information," said Smogor.

The e-cigarette solution, what once appeared, a simple solution has not turned into a murkey cloud of debate.


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