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An e-fag hag

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A few weeks ago, somebody asked me to look up whether e-cigarettes were safe to use in non-smoking areas. We had this guest who started smoking while we were in the conference room, and I guess it distracted a few people. I was more than happy to take a break from my normal work and read up on the literature.

For those of you who don’t know, a “fag” is an English slang for cigarette. This is not a gay rights issue.

E-cigarettes are devices that release vapour that simulates cigarette smoke. This vapour can be scented with flavours, and it may or may not contain nicotine. It’s  usually a pen-like device, or it may be made to look like an actual cigarette.

It looks like this

If you walk around in some of the malls in Metro Manila, you can find some stalls selling these items. There are even people trying it out openly. Iv’e seen it in the Better Than Cigarette stall in Gateway. I’m not sure if they sell these in Cebu though. Perhaps we’ll see in the comments? (I wish)

Let me make this clear. This is not an issue of a person’s personal right to smoke these cigarettes. Personal risks or benefits from this device is not what’s being questioned. What we want to know whether it’s safe to smoke this in front of other people. Basically, should we allow it to be used in non-smoking areas?

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Written by rubiscodisco

July 25, 2012 at 9:36 pm

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