Sample letter sent to Dublin TDs from a Dublin vaper
As a vaper trying to quit smoking, I want to share my story while the Health Committee evaluates the Tobacco and Nicotine Inhaling Products Bill.
Including vapers’ voices in this process will make sure that false statements about flavoured vapes can be corrected by the people who vape to quit tobacco.
My health and increasing costs of feed my smoking habit, forced me to give up cigarettes. I was buying 20 cigarettes a day and I could not afford €100 a week to buy them. I also suffered with my breathing, having smoked for over 15 years. The doctor kept telling me to quit smoking. But I did not have the willpower.
I had to quit. But it was very difficult. I tried the patches and the gums, but they did not work.
Six years ago, a vape shop opened in the area, and I decided to give it a go. Vaping worked for me because the vape was just like holding a cigarette. The flavours helped me as I could not stand the taste of tobacco after a few weeks.
People use vapes to give up smoking and save money. I am now spending €16 a week instead of €100 on cigarettes. That makes a big difference to me in paying the bills. Vaping has given myself and my son a new lease of life. I have better health and wealth having quit tobacco. And I am one of 200,000 who will tell you the same story. So please ask the Government to leave vaping alone and give vapers a chance to share our stories with the Health Committee.