"Correct me if I'm wrong now. But did ANY of us start with normal cigarettes for the taste? No, we didn't. But it was the flavours in the e-cigarettes that made me finally throw the cigarette away," writes Mathias Norman.
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The discussion about the flavours of e-cigarettes, and their merits or demerits, has now reached the corridors of power. And with that, an old bat comes to the fore. It is a weapon that is now extremely worm-eaten but unfortunately does as much damage as before with the intimidation it brings with it.
I am of course talking about the bat "corrupting youth".
Lena Emilsson (s) stands and chants that it is the flavours that attract young people more than anything else. Correct me if I'm wrong now, but did ANY of us start with normal cigarettes for the taste? Hand on heart, I have to say a hard "no" myself. However, it was the taste of e-cigarettes that made me finally throw away my cigarettes 4 years ago.
"Tobacco tastes like shit"
Young people are trying e-cigarettes for exactly the same reason I started smoking cigarettes. Because I could. It was part of my own revolt growing up, a revolt that in other people's cases goes to greater extremes. But I'm pretty sure it wasn't the taste that got me there, because in plain Swedish, tobacco tastes like shit. It was only with habituation and addiction that it kept me there. But it held me in an iron grip.
Ridiculous arguments against flavours
I think Ms Emilsson, in her attempt to attract more contributions to her party's coffers, is shouting herself hoarse with misinformation. Has ANYONE in the decision-making bodies actually looked at the research coming out of the UK? I'm pretty sure that's not the case. Michael Anefur even becomes laughable and ridiculous in his assertion. He argues that smokers should be able to settle for fewer flavours to stay away from cigarettes.
"Those who switch from regular smoking to e-cigs should in most cases like the tobacco flavour," Michael Anefur tells Vejpkollen.
Restaurant without spice
By the same logic, all spiced alcohol should be removed from the shelves, because ethicists are satisfied with pure alcohol flavour without spice. Welcome to Michael Anefur's new pub. Can anyone actually check the available research, to justify their positions with facts instead of taking a stand according to the idea of who screams the loudest?