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Who would you rather spend an evening with – Noel Gallaher or Adrian Everett?

Newspapers love lists and today a new 'survey' highlights people's top 40 "regrets".

The most popular regret – surprise, surprise – is 'Taking up smoking' while 'Not quitting smoking at an earlier age' appears at number nine.

It's not clear who commissioned the poll but – and could this be a clue? – the reports all feature comments by Adrian Everett, chief executive of e-cigarette brand E-Lites.

As far as I can tell, Everett is the only person quoted which makes me think that his comments have been lifted from a press release.

Quoted in the Daily Mail, he says:

"Almost everyone has at least one thing they wish they hadn't done, especially from their younger years.

"While some regrets are small, some of the mistakes from your past can have a real effect on your health, bank account and on your entire future.

"What's more, some regrettable decisions or actions can also have an effect on others around you.

"Luckily many things on the list are rectifiable and actions can be taken to ease the feeling of regret.'

To ram home the point he adds:

"I'm not surprised smoking tops the list. We speak to people every day who regret taking up smoking."

Now I know we're supposed to welcome e-cigarettes as a harm reduction product, or an alternative to cigarettes in places where it is forbidden to light up, but this is exactly why I find e-cigs, or those who market them, so hard to embrace.

As a non-smoker I'm probably not Mr Everett's target audience but I much prefer the comments by Noel Gallaher that are also reported, albeit in a different context, in today's papers.

Talking about the recent Brit Awards, Gallaher said:

I saw the drummer from Muse smoking an electronic cigarette. A cigarette with a battery in. I had to say to him: ‘Really? Really? Is that where you are at? Do me a favour mate, either have a proper one outside, or don’t have one.’

It lit up green when he had a drag of it. Nonsense. He said that immortal line – ‘Oh you know how it is mate’. And I said ‘I’m sorry mate, I actually don’t.’

Join the e-cigarette revolution by all means, but who would you rather spend an evening with – Noel Gallaher, Adrian Everett or the drummer from Muse?

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Reader Comments (8)

I have no problem with e-cigs unless I'm forced to use them and that looks likely the way things are going given that all UK prisoners are being forced to quit and will be given e-cigs to "smoke" instead. What's next and who's next?

They are OK as alternatives and great for people who want to quit but those who like smoking tobacco in its natural state see e-cigs as no more than toys. I'm with Gallagher. I'd rather quit than have to use them.

Friday, March 8, 2013 at 10:11 | Unregistered CommenterPat Nurse

I would rather give up the smokes than use those abominable plastic sticks.
The EU Directive Brigade aint never going to give up on smoking.
As I sit here nursing a stomac bug I developed after a meal out two nights ago from injesting god knows what illegal animal meat that shouldnt be in the food chain, I have to ponder and speculate what illegal substance will emerge in the future in the content of the plastic/aerosol of this plastic wonder?
Not alone are EU Directives poisoning or bodies, due to the impossible control of the open market like drug traffiking, they are poising our minds through the many Quangos put in place to brainwash us into believing their dangerous and controlling PC Spin and all just for no other reason but to create jobs for the unemployed graduates and get them off the dole.
Be very careful out there.

Friday, March 8, 2013 at 11:40 | Unregistered Commenterann

If Noel was a proper rock star, like Keith Richards, there would have been no mention of outside. If you are Obama, you order the Britsh taxpayers to build you a smoking lounge. If you are Keith Richards, you light up on stage. Noel is one of us - huddling outside in the rain.

Friday, March 8, 2013 at 11:54 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan Bagley

"Almost everyone has at least one thing they wish they hadn't done, especially from their younger years.

For me it was serving my country, had I of known that the country would allow the destruction of free choice for landlords and smokers I would never of signed up, I would never of defended the denial of tobacco companies to defend their businesses as the WHO and Her Majesties Governmment does, nor would I have defended denying smokers a safe well ventilated room to smoke in comfort away from those who do not like smoke.

Yes we all have regrets

Friday, March 8, 2013 at 12:20 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Watson

I have to agree with JB there. Noel can be quite entertaining with his posturing, but Keef is the real deal.

Slightly O/T, I came across this today:

More employers are getting tough on tobacco users, making them pay if they don’t participate in a smoking cessation program...

“The endgame is not to penalize tobacco users but to have them quit, so they’re healthier,”...

A rather chilling development, I thought. Basically "Quit or we'll charge you loads of money or fire you."

The arrogance of these people continues to grow.

Friday, March 8, 2013 at 12:43 | Unregistered Commenternisakiman

No contest, roll with it, of course !

Friday, March 8, 2013 at 13:08 | Unregistered Commenterc777

If another person wishes to follow a particular lifestyle, like watching the stars, following a religion, or vaping an ecig, that is no problem to me, as long as they do not ram it down my throat.

I tried the ecig for a couple of months. I did not like them, they are not for me. I am, to a certain extent, pleased that they are gaining a foothold in the smoking community. I am however, getting more and more irritated by the evangelical approach of some vapors.

As far as I am concerned, the ecig is an alternative for gaining nicotine, and if this is a persons choice, I am very happy for them. I do not however want to here all this stuff about them being a stop smoking device, or something which every smoker should use. The vaping community are shooting themselves in the foot, and becoming very annoying.

Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 11:40 | Unregistered Commentertimbone

As for target audiences Simon, surely children are more likely to take up e-cigs because they do light up like a toy beacon and are very attractive to kids to play with.

Yes, Timbone, "vapers" who are really smokers too ashamed to stand by us should be very careful of selling their product on the back of smoker denormalisation because one day the antis will wake up that e-cigs are cigs and children are more likely to be attracted to them - therefore "vapers" and their suppliers will get the same hate campaign targeted at them as we have done this last 2 decades.

First. however, they have to get rid of us before they move on to them. Stand together united or we fall one by one. Who's next? What's next? There will be something. It will be them.

Some smokers who use e-cigs can see it. Others have their heads up their own backend.

Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 14:33 | Unregistered CommenterPat Nurse

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