Wirral Council health chief calls for legal crackdown on e-cigs

Wirral Council health chief calls for legal crackdown on e-cigs

Wirral Council health chief calls for legal crackdown on e-cigs

First published in News by , Geoff Barnes

The introduction of a tobacco control programme in Wirral has prompted a call for restrictions on the sale of e-cigarettes.

While Government and local authorities continue to turn the screw on traditional smokers, the dramatic increase in the use of e-cigarettes has created an emerging challenge.

As e-cigarettes do not contain any tobacco they do not come under regulations covering the ages of people who buy.

In a report to Wirral Council’s health and wellbeing board, head of public health Julie Webster said the recent phenomenon of e-cigarettes had led to pupils in one Lancashire town using them on school premises.

She commented: “No minimum age laws apply to sale. Although the packaging claimed they are nicotine free, there is no regulation of these products so the actual contents are unknown.”

Ms Webster reports: “The use of e-cigarettes is increasing year on year and there has been a decrease in access to stop smoking services and in use of other aids to smoking cessation such as licensed nicotine replacement therapy products.

“E-cigarettes are not regulated under smoke-free law in the UK.”

In her recommendations to the board, she urges councillors to ensure steps are taken to mitigate their impact by including sanctions against their use in local stop-smoking policies and to support any lobby to secure better restriction on their sale.

In the meantime the battle continues to reduce smoking across the UK where over 80,000 people die annually from its effects.

Each year in Wirral the estimated cost of smoking to society is around £95m. The cost to the NHS from smoking is £18.7m and the estimated cost of lost productivity from smoking-related sick days is more than £17m.

 

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6:31pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Llamedos 1 says...

Who is this idiot calling themselves a Wirral Council Health Chief. I bet you she knows absolutely nothing about e.cigarettes, how they work or the fluids that are vapourised in them. After 5 years of use my smokers cough has gone and so have the blood pressure tablets. They could well have saved my life but without doubt have certainly extended my life along with the other estimated 2 million users. The short-sightedness of these so called health boffins is beyond belief.The savings to the NHS over the next 20 years will get greater and greater the more people give up the weed and by far the best replacement therapy method is e.cigarettes. So stop bashing these fantastic devices or are the motives for criticism more sinister. HMG`s motives are certainly financial.
If the 2 million users stop purchasing 20 fags per day HMG will lose £4 billion annualy.....and they insist they are not hypocrits....oh yes you are
Having said all that I do agree they (e.cigs) need age legislation placed on them.
Who is this idiot calling themselves a Wirral Council Health Chief. I bet you she knows absolutely nothing about e.cigarettes, how they work or the fluids that are vapourised in them. After 5 years of use my smokers cough has gone and so have the blood pressure tablets. They could well have saved my life but without doubt have certainly extended my life along with the other estimated 2 million users. The short-sightedness of these so called health boffins is beyond belief.The savings to the NHS over the next 20 years will get greater and greater the more people give up the weed and by far the best replacement therapy method is e.cigarettes. So stop bashing these fantastic devices or are the motives for criticism more sinister. HMG`s motives are certainly financial. If the 2 million users stop purchasing 20 fags per day HMG will lose £4 billion annualy.....and they insist they are not hypocrits....oh yes you are Having said all that I do agree they (e.cigs) need age legislation placed on them. Llamedos 1
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9:34pm Fri 7 Mar 14

PaulCa says...

Llamedos, you've hit the nail on the head with EVERY point there :)

It seems Webster has no other option but to lurch into "attack mode" at all costs. e.cigarettes are a huge, runaway success, and not just a threat to government revenues like you say, but to her "professional" future also. (and I use the term professional advisedly ~ this is Wirral Council after all).

She has absolutely NO control or influence over their sale, and that will be deeply frustrating for her, so she has no alternative but to shout from the sidelines and try to undermine. What else would we expect from a senior officer of a proven abusive, basket case outfit?

Here's the modus operandi behind Webster's reckless scaremongering:

o Council schemes to get people off the weed are hideously misconceived, poorly targetted, and have a serious competitor in e.cigarettes

o Her own job is under threat if she doesn't get "footfall" through the doors to her worthless smoking cessation programmes, that feed revenue to the usual nicotine replacement vested interests

o She thinks if she hijacks the local press to plant scare stories, there's a possibility, albeit very limited, of slowing the unstoppable stampede towards e.ciggies

o Simple, straightforward fear of the unknown

In the last couple of years, all my friends and family who are smokers have turned to e.cigarettes and now absolutely swear by them. Even some celebrities are using them because they think they look cooler than with a cancer stick stuck in their gobs.

I'd say this so-called "Health Chief" takes a rain check, books a session with a shrink, and signs up to an urgent cessation programme of her own - one where she can wean herself off the endless chucking out of cynical and offensive, government issue propaganda.
Llamedos, you've hit the nail on the head with EVERY point there :) It seems Webster has no other option but to lurch into "attack mode" at all costs. e.cigarettes are a huge, runaway success, and not just a threat to government revenues like you say, but to her "professional" future also. (and I use the term professional advisedly ~ this is Wirral Council after all). She has absolutely NO control or influence over their sale, and that will be deeply frustrating for her, so she has no alternative but to shout from the sidelines and try to undermine. What else would we expect from a senior officer of a proven abusive, basket case outfit? Here's the modus operandi behind Webster's reckless scaremongering: o Council schemes to get people off the weed are hideously misconceived, poorly targetted, and have a serious competitor in e.cigarettes o Her own job is under threat if she doesn't get "footfall" through the doors to her worthless smoking cessation programmes, that feed revenue to the usual nicotine replacement vested interests o She thinks if she hijacks the local press to plant scare stories, there's a possibility, albeit very limited, of slowing the unstoppable stampede towards e.ciggies o Simple, straightforward fear of the unknown In the last couple of years, all my friends and family who are smokers have turned to e.cigarettes and now absolutely swear by them. Even some celebrities are using them because they think they look cooler than with a cancer stick stuck in their gobs. I'd say this so-called "Health Chief" takes a rain check, books a session with a shrink, and signs up to an urgent cessation programme of her own - one where she can wean herself off the endless chucking out of cynical and offensive, government issue propaganda. PaulCa
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1:11pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Llamedos 1 says...

Paul, it seems to me that the people ignoring the EU, HMG and Anti Health Boffins have far more intelligence to understand the short and even long term benefits of these fantastic devices. If these idiots consulted with the experienced users they would realise the longer term benefits to the NHS by dramatically reducing the smoking related patients. The current estimated 2 million users are potentially, if not saving their own lives, extending their lives and reducing the risk of having to use NHS resources.
I am so passionate on the use of these devices that if there is anyone reading this article and want to know anything about e.cigs and vaping I would be pleases to offer advise. There are about 12 of our employees now 100% converted and every one of them have not touched a tobacco fag since. This therapy works better than any of your chewing gum, patches, inhalers tablets or any of the other nicotine replacement therapies. Leave a contact here if you are interested, it could ultimately save your life.
I would like to see the Globe do an investigation and I know when they have the full facts and not the fiction put out by the anti brigade they would support the use of e.cigs.
Paul, it seems to me that the people ignoring the EU, HMG and Anti Health Boffins have far more intelligence to understand the short and even long term benefits of these fantastic devices. If these idiots consulted with the experienced users they would realise the longer term benefits to the NHS by dramatically reducing the smoking related patients. The current estimated 2 million users are potentially, if not saving their own lives, extending their lives and reducing the risk of having to use NHS resources. I am so passionate on the use of these devices that if there is anyone reading this article and want to know anything about e.cigs and vaping I would be pleases to offer advise. There are about 12 of our employees now 100% converted and every one of them have not touched a tobacco fag since. This therapy works better than any of your chewing gum, patches, inhalers tablets or any of the other nicotine replacement therapies. Leave a contact here if you are interested, it could ultimately save your life. I would like to see the Globe do an investigation and I know when they have the full facts and not the fiction put out by the anti brigade they would support the use of e.cigs. Llamedos 1
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