Vapers fight bill equat­ing them with to­bacco smok­ers

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Elec­tronic cig­a­rette users held a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day to de­nounce gov­ern­ment plans to out­law them from “va­p­ing” in en­closed public ar­eas like reg­u­lar smok­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to a new bill, e-cig­a­rette users – also known as vapers – are cast in the same light as reg­u­lar smok­ers.

The as­so­ci­a­tion of Greek vapers rep­re­sent­ing e-smok­ers has de­nounced the gov­ern­ment for pre­par­ing the bill with­out first con­sult­ing with re­searchers, sci- en­tists, for­mer smok­ers, e-cig­a­rette users and sci­en­tists.

Vapers say that by lump­ing them to­gether with reg­u­lar smok­ers, the new leg­is­la­tion de­nies them the right to avoid to­bacco smoke.

Dur­ing the press con­fer­ence, they also pre­sented an open let­ter with their griev­ances ad­dressed to Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras and a let­ter of sup­port signed by vapers’ as­so­ci­a­tions from 16 Euro­pean coun­tries, while a med­i­cal ex­pert pre­sented the lat­est re­search re­gard­ing e-cig­a­rette use.

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