What was the hold up? I was feeling impatient as I finished my Saturday morning shopping. I was at the register and the line was not moving. A young man in front of me appeared to be discussing a product with the cashier. Here's how the conversation went.
The customer asked the cashier about the e-cigarettes he could see from the register while checking out. Quickly the conversation went in a direction that as a health care provider I hope someday some how will change. The cashier explained how e-cigarettes came with all kinds of accessories, even a car charger. All the bells and whistles or "features" were discussed.
Here is the where I imagine uninvited comments from health care providers while shopping probably are not everyones cup of tea. So I held my tongue. I realize that some if not most people do know the facts/risks about certain products they might purchase. But a moment of opportunity right before the purchase remains. A moment to empower the buyer with true evidence based information. And a fair opportunity to make a choice after reviewing known health facts.
I wish the following. When customers ask employees about a potentially harmful product, employees would be required to give the customer a handout with known health facts and/or warnings. I'm not sure this will ever happen. So I'm passing along the information here. A quick one-page info sheet on e-cigarettes provided by the Vermont Department of Health. Here's to Saturday morning shopping, conversations and informed choices.