Opinion: A look at the issues of today

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 February 2018

Time FM Steve Allen.

Time FM Steve Allen.


To vape or not to vape? That is the question

Should e-cigarettes be sold in hospitals?

Listeners to the radio show will know was in a hospital recently visiting my Dad and I nearly had a fight with a patient.

The old chap was got confused and thought I was someone from his past. He got very aggressive.

What can you do in that situation?

Eventually I said, “Oi! I hope you like hospital food!” It was nearly dinner time for them, so I think I got away with it.

Health bosses are now saying hospitals should sell e-cigarettes and provide patients with vaping lounges.

The thinking goes like this: smoking is definitely bad for you, vaping might be bad for you, and you’re better off having a might than a definitely when it comes to things that are bad for you.

On Deal Or No Deal, it doesn’t matter what you think is in the box, if the banker offered you a bag of doggy poop you’d pick the box.

Even if the banker says, “By the way, there might be another bag in the box.”

I worry about the people who say, “I don’t smoke anymore, I vape now.”

No, you still smoke, you just smoke another thing. If your friend said, “Good news, I have quit smoking cannabis. I now bake it into cakes and eat it,” you wouldn’t think they’ve got clean. If anything they’re about to make the obesity crisis worse.

They seem to expect the hearty well done you’d give to someone who’s used gum, patches and now doesn’t smoke at all.

It’s good to move people away from harmful cigarette smoking, especially in a hospital, but if you vape you haven’t reached the finish line. You still smoke. You just smell like you sneezed while making an Angel Delight while you’re doing it.

Latest Romford Stories

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

I am sure there are a huge amount of massively relieved 18-year-olds breathing out massive sighs of relief at the realisation that they passed their A-levels.

Yesterday, 18:00

The 22-year-old played for the under-23s on Monday night and wants to keep his match fitness up

Yesterday, 17:00

After struggling during the first half of the season, Upminster have now won five times in a row

Yesterday, 17:00

Everyone Active Raiders have announced Finnish duo Timo Kauhanen and Jani Lehtovaara for the Legends team to take on the current squad on August 26.

Yesterday, 17:00

Think you know what is going on in your area?

Yesterday, 16:00

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Peter Taylor will hope to avoid a repeat of their past mistakes when they make the trip to Halifax Town this weekend.

Yesterday, 15:02

The friends and family of three-year-old Isla Caton - who has a rare form of cancer - held a special early birthday party for her before she leaves to go for specialist treatment in Barcelona.


“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now