The situation might be very desperate that it requires desperate measure. How will doctors react to this suggestion? Doctors may write prescription hoping to treat and cure their patients. However prescribing e-cigarettes may just be such a bad idea that needs more study before things became preposterous and funny.
E-cigarette usage has increased all over the world and a lot of smokers are jumping on the band wagon, shifting to e-cigarettes in an effort to curb their smoking habits. For some, e-cigarettes, are the only way to stop smoking; others just hope to lessen their smoking.
In New Zealand, reports are coming in that teenage vapers—e-cigarette users—have tripled in two years, totaling 20 % last year. This is a something that the government finds intolerable because it introduces the youth to nicotine addiction and smoking.
The import of e-cigarettes by users is legal only when it’s for personal use; selling itself is illegal despite some retailers in New Zealand disregarding the ban.
A set of conditions were proposed by nine researchers from Otago University and Auckland University, writers for the Public Health Expert blog.
To make e-cigarettes more difficult to obtain, one suggestion is to have them sold exclusively in pharmacies while requiring a doctor’s prescription. Another is to not allow vaping outdoors and in workplaces.
Christchurch smoking policy researcher Dr. Murray Laugesen demands rules to prevent children from being introduced to nicotine fluid and bringing legal proceedings against retailers who sell them to kids under 18.