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Government must resist temptation to over-regulate electronic cigarettes, says Forest

Fri 30th January, 2015

IRELAND: A bill aimed at regulating the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes was launched in the Irish parliament today.

The smokers' group Forest Eireann is opposed to stricter regulation of e-cigarettes. Spokesman John Mallon said:

"Government must resist the temptation to over-regulate e-cigarettes because there is no evidence they are harmful to the user or anyone else.

"Restricting the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes could deny smokers access to an increasingly popular smoking cessation aid.

"There is no evidence e-cigarettes are a gateway to tobacco. The overwhelming majority of consumers who use them are smokers or ex-smokers.

"There has been a lot of scaremongering about e-cigarettes but politicians must wean themselves off the idea that nicotine is bad. It can be addictive but it's no more harmful than caffeine."

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