NOT a day goes by when I do not receive a letter or email from constituents asking me to support the growth of e-cigarettes, and oppose domestic and EU attempts to slow down and over-regulate the industry.
From my experience with my constituents here in the North-East, it is clear that e-cigarettes help a large number of people escape from long-term cigarette addictions.
Even though some non-smokers will inevitably take up e-cigarettes, surely this is preferable to taking up smoking?
It would be better to smoke neither, but e-cigarettes are much less unhealthy.
I understand that people have misgivings over televised adverts for e-cigarettes.
However, can we really be sure that banning such TV adverts would not unintentionally lead to higher levels of smoking regular cigarettes?
Jonathan Arnott, MEP,
UK Independence Party, North East region,