In the News 11th Feb
Wednesdays News at a glance:
Support Totally Wicked – Why it’s a no brainer … Perhaps I was not angry enough (Part 1) … Show me the money: WHO FUNDS WHO … WHO Report Says Ecigs Are Not Safer Than Tobacco Then Contradict Themselves … Lighting up the e-cigarette debate … Response to Irish Cancer Society position paper … California Joins Baseless Bashing of E-Cigarettes … Nicotine Science and Policy – Daily Digest – Wed, 11 February 2015 …
Personal comment from Sarah Jakes, Board Member of the New Nicotine Alliance:
Active vapers can be in no doubt that there are powerful forces ranged against us. The last few weeks have seen a stream of blatant junk science emanating mainly from the United States, and the resultant media coverage has been nothing short of atrocious.
It has been quite a while since I posted anything to this blog. It’s not that I had nothing to say, but I was saying it elsewhere. That’s wrong of me, for I have rarely been as angry as I am at the moment. And the reason for my anger? The same old rhetoric from ‘Public Health’ aka the Anti Nicotine and Tobacco Zealots (ANTZ), whose crusade against smoking has morphed into a crusade against the entire tobacco industry, the nascent but burgeoning e-cigarette industry, the smoker, the vaper, the free-thinker, the brewery industry, the distillery industry, the soft-drinks industry, the fast-food industry, the slow-food industry, ….
From about 2:30, in English
I read with considerable disappointment news that Senators Prof John Crown and Averil Power have recently proposed legislation aimed at strictly regulating e-cigarettes. As regular readers may be aware, this is a subject that I have written about extensively in both this publication and the national press.
My view is clear: e-cigarettes have the potential to save thousands of lives in this country. It is indisputable that they are safer than tobacco-based products and are thus far, far less likely to cause cancer….
Whilst we acknowledge the Irish Cancer Society’s position in requesting the Department of Health to regulate vaping products as medicines, and while we would disagree on that point, the IVVA think it’s vitally important that some of the mis-information that this position paper presents to the Irish public be addressed….
Today the World Health Organisation (WHO) released a report entitled, “What everyone needs to know about e-cigarettes”. In the report the WHO – funded in part from large pharmaceutical companies – discuss what e-cigarettes are and their relative safety to tobacco cigarettes.
The Who report asks the question:
Are e-cigarettes safer to use than cigarettes and other tobacco products…..?
The World Health Organization is funded by assessments levied on its 191 member countries and by donations. Its “regular budget” is the total of the members’ assessments and its “extrabudgetary funds”[EBF] are the total of voluntary donations by member countries, as well as by public and private entities. Thus it is partially funded rather like a private club (membership dues) and partially funded like a charity (donations)….
SUPERSTITIONS ARE ALIVE and well. Not the kind athletes and other performers are known to indulge in, but big ones, like the belief in witches centuries ago, that affect all of us. One example: the weird war that health officials continue to wage against electronic cigarettes. E-cigs have been a godsend to people who wish to give up smoking or avoid taking up the habit in the first place. These devices involve no smoke, only a vapor, but give one the pleasure of nicotine without wrecking the lungs….