The electronic cigarette and the electronic petition
Ecigs and e-petitions seem to be all the rage these days, so why not combine the two? Well somebody has and there is now an opportunity for users and supporters of the electronic cigarette to sign an e-petition to recognise their value.
The petition, not organised by E-Lites or any governing body, asks the Treasury to “recognise personal vaporizers as legitimate non-tobacco products” and goes on
We ask the government to assess personal vaporizers (AKA electronic cigarettes) as legitimate devices in their own right. We ask that they be considered as a legitimate device used to satisfy a habit that is not necessarily directly related to nicotine content. We ask that they not be automatically deemed a "tobacco substitute" simply because they may contain nicotine, and we ask that no taxes or legislation be unduly or restrictively applied simply because the use of such devices may resemble smoking. We ask that our human right to maintain a nicotine habit be recognised as relatively harmless to others and that the activity is not unfairly or unduly restricted. We further ask that the government does not attempt to recoup lost tobacco revenue through punitive taxes on personal vaporizers, related accessories and the "fuel" that they utilise. We ask that these devices and the use thereof be assessed without prejudice, undue influence or improper classification.
E-petitions are a recent innovation, but a success according to reports. Millions of people have put their names to online petitions in an attempt to influence the government. New government figures, released just over a year since the e-petition website was launched, show 12 people every minute are signing up. In its first year, a total of 36,000 petitions were submitted, attracting 6.4 million signatures. If a petition secures more than 100,000 signatures it can be considered by MPs for a debate in Parliament.
And such debate is still needed. We have blogged recently on debates on R5 live, The Guardian and many other national newspapers, but with unconfirmed reports of an attempted EU-wide ban on the electronic cigarette a case needs to be made in the heart of government of the benefits that e-cigs can bring to smokers of traditional tobacco cigarettes. If an MP were to read through the heart warming and life-affirming testimonials on our social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, there is a good chance the debate will swayed in favour of recognising the value of the electronic cigarette in lowering tobacco dependency.The petition can be found here http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38667 - and we welcome your opinion at all times.
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