UK Decline Donations From UK Electronic Cigarette Company

On the 31st August 2009 cheapelectroniccigarettes.co.uk announced that they would be donating 10p of every product to Cancer Research UK. This was done, not only to show that they are good people but to also support a charity who they believed shared the same vision of creating a smoke free environment around the world by offering an alternative to tobacco smoking without the tobacco, tar and the thousands of other chemicals found in traditional cigarettes.

But to the shock of the business owner Cancer Research jumped at the chance to disassociate themselves with the scheme by utilising the skills of Neha Singhal, Volunteer Paralegal.

“We have invited Cancer Research UK to meet with us to explore the product as they do support other nicotine replacement items but as yet no-one has taken us up on the offer so we will of course be removing the references from our website. This does however leave a significant hole in our plans and we are actively looking for a suitable charity or cause who is open minded enough to at least speak with us about donations and we invite them to get in contact.”

Michael Kitt said of the email “Persoanlly I am very disappointed that Cancer Research UK have decided to go down this route without even so much as a brief investigation into the potential benefits of Electronic Cigarettes. They have totally dismissed the idea even though we could have been donating significant money to their cause.” He added “We have invited Cancer Research UK to meet with us to explore the product as they do support other nicotine replacement items but as yet no-one has taken us up on the offer so we will of course be removing the references from our website. This does however leave a significant hole in our plans and we are actively looking for a suitable charity or cause who is open minded enough to at least speak with us about donations and we invite them to get in contact.”

The move to donate to Cancer Research UK also came under criticiam on popular E-smoking forum e-cigarette-forum.com where users had mixed reviews of the resoning and benefit behind the donations.

Veteran member Tropical Bob wrote “This could be sharpening the sword that beheads us. In the U.S., ‘cancer research’ dollars given a charity might well end up funding ASH and other anti-tobacco efforts. He better make jolly well sure the money goes exclusively to cancer research — not bureaucratic salaries, public information campaigns, etc.

E-smoking, to the best of our knowledge, cannot initiate cancer. Better to fund quit-smoking programs, educational efforts in schools or wellness programs.”

Westcoast2 added “CRUK is a supposed ‘Charity’ that gets funds from HMG to promote policy (esp anti-smoking and anti-alcohol). I also believe they fund ASH (UK). This is probably the worse thing this company could have done.”

Michael responded “Yes, we want to be seen as good guys, but that is mainly because we are. We are a company with a conscience, that is how I began it and that is how we will continue. We don’t have to offer free worldwide delivery but we do because we believe that Electronic cigarettes will eventually help millions of people around the globe, and being able to donate to a scheme which also helps smokers is one of our continuing goals.”



08-September-2009

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