19 Oct '11, 9pm

"We smokers understand the harm that comes with this guilty pleasure, but there is no need to ostracise us": Voices

I agree with Mr Muhammad Haziq Jani, in his letter "No-smoking path is Utopian" (Oct 18). To have a complete ban is to deprive people of their freedom. However, many smokers like myself would like to play a part in reducing smoke pollution. We understand the harm that comes with this guilty pleasure, but there is no need to ostracise us. I am sure most of us are open to alternatives and I humbly suggest legalising electronic cigarettes. These e-cigarettes simulate the act of smoking minus the smoke, smell and ash. The smoker gets his nicotine fix and no one comes in contact with second-hand smoke. It may also change the way we function today. I have heard complaints about productivity loss from smoke breaks. With e-cigarettes, that could be a problem of the past. And think about the trees we would be saving. Instead of using paper, e-cigarettes come with replaceable cartri...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC111020-0000140/An-al...

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