Aalborg sygehus forbyder e-cigaretter

De sku’ skamme sig i Aalborg, sku’ de! (damefrokosten, via 180grader)

Den officielle forklaring?

- Ingen ved rigtigt, om det er skadeligt eller ej, og ingen kender langtidsvirkningerne. Flere undersøgelser har dog vist, at mange e-cigaretter indeholder blandt andet kølervæske, siger sygeplejefaglig direktør Lisbeth Lagoni til Nordjyske og fortsætter:

- Desuden kan det på afstand være svært at skelne e-cigaretter fra almindelige cigaretter. Derfor sender det et uheldigt signal.

Er paternalismen gået for langt i dette tilfælde? Ecigreatter har en tvivlsom skadevirkning (se fx denne artikel, PDF), og det der med at man ikke må sende det forkerte signal. Det er en elendig begrundelse som man har hørt utallige gange, fx når politikere nægter at store børn skal have sexualundervisning, eller at uddele kondomer til børnene, fordi at det "sender det forkerte signal". I stedet prøver man med 'nul-tolerance' (nul-intelligens, som de kaldes!) politikker, med de forventlige, kedelige resultater.

Fra artiklen:

A nine-membered panel of experts was asked to determine expert opinions of mortality risks associated with use of low-nitrosamine smokeless tobacco (LN- SLT) marketed for oral use. A modified Delphi approach was employed. For total mortality, the estimated median relative risks for individual users of LN-SLT were 9% and 5% of the risk associated with smokingforthoseages35to49and z50 years, respectively. Median mortality risks relative to smoking were estimated to be 2% to 3% for lung cancer, 10% for heart disease, and 15% to 30% for oral cancer. Although individual estimates often varied between 0% and 50%, most panel members were confident or very confident of their estimates by the last round of consultation. In comparison with smoking, experts perceive at least a 90% reduction in the relative risk of LN-SLT use. The risks of using LN-SLT products therefore should not be portrayed as comparable with those of smoking cigarettes as has been the practice of some governmental and public health authorities in the past. Importantly, the overall public health impact of LN-SLT will reflect use patterns, its marketing, and governmental regulation of tobacco products.

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