Electronic cigarette users held a press conference Tuesday 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, scientists, 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.