WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VAPING?
Andy Golding, 50, from Ashford, said: “I used vapers to stop smoking. I had to give up under doctor’s instructions. I haven’t given up vaping though. I only use them at home, but it wouldn’t worry me if someone did use them in a confined space. There’s no medical proof they do any harm.” William Roe, 75, from Ashford: “Once I was coming back from the Channel Islands on the ferry and a woman was vaping from across the aisle. I didn’t like that. I don’t agree that they’re allowed to be used where cigarettes aren’t.” Louise McGavigan, 26, from Ashford: “I’m a smoker and I have looked into vaping, but not tried it yet. I don’t like people smoking them in enclosed areas though – I don’t like the smell. I think they should be treated like cigarettes.” Sophie Griffin, 19, from Ashford, said: “I think it should be treated like a cigarette. If you’re using it as a cigarette substitute, you should go outside. It’s fine smoking it in your house, but some people aren’t comfortable with it – especially those who don’t smoke.” Bonny Doper, 72, from Ashford: “I’ve been smoking since I was 20 but vapers are helping reduce my intake. It’s also a lot cheaper. The vapour’s harmless to other people. When you walk past someone it doesn’t smell like cigarettes. I don’t see the problem. You’re not harming other people. We got segregated because we were smoking, now we’re getting segregated because we’re using vapers.” Catherine McKay, 61, from Ashford: “I don’t agree with people smoking them in enclosed public areas because it’s not known if they’re 100% harm-free.” Georgina Selling, 19, from Ashford, said: “I’ve got a vaper but I haven’t used it. I don’t think it’s a problem smoking them inside – when you breathe it in, it hasn’t got the same effect.”