The shisha pen need not be prohibited
You hear them often in the media. The shisha pens, also called child cigarette or electronic hookah, made a lot of parents worried. Recently we talked about them on this site.
The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority has said that may be need to be forbidden but based on the RIVM, the shishapens are considered safe.
However, it is still not 100% sure what the long term effects are, but for now there is no indication of something harmful.
During the investigation it emerged that there is irritation in the throat and respiratory tract may occur, but this was very limited and of short duration. According to the NVWA (Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority), these minor irritations are not sufficient enough to take action against the smoking product.
So the NVWA reports that children cigarettes are not unsafe, but also does not recommend them as they give children the wrong signals. Everyone should ask themselves why they want to use this product. We share this view partly because everyone should be able to decide whether they want to or not. The government should not just ban everything.
Weak coffee in comparison with the electronic cigarette
As an e-smoker myself, I think it is good that a similar product like the shishapen is found 'safe', however, the product itself does not convince me. The average quality or the taste and throat-kick are substandard compared to my ecig. It's like drinking weak coffee.
The power is lacking somewhere. Perhaps this is due to the lack of nicotine, but a premium e-cigarette brand without nicotine even tastes a lot better and stronger. The price difference herein will also play a role presumably.