And here we have yet another country's health ministry coming out with very harsh words about electronic cigarettes. First we had Taiwan and then Malaysia, next at bat is the Phillippines. This time around, the Department of Health spokesperson went on at length about e-cigarettes including nicotine. Each of these statements seem to be painting nicotine as the most harmful constituent in cigarettes, which of course, is not the case.
But Limpin said the e-cigarette is also addictive because the liquid used to produce vapor contains nicotine.
“E-cigarettes are being flavored to cover the (taste of nicotine). So you would think that there’s no nicotine in it until you develop addiction,” she said.
I think that logic is a touch backwards. People sort of flock to e-cigarettes because they already are addicted to nicotine. It's not like e-cigarettes are randomly attacking people who don't use nicotine-containing products to begin with or something. Actually, what I find interesting is this is the third article along these lines this weekend. Putting on my tinfoil hat, it seems to me that this is likely the result of December's WHO meeting about e-cigarettes where the focused on the appearance, rather than the health effects of e-cigarettes.