In the News 13th April
Mondays News at a glance:
Commonsense and decency sacrificed on the altar of public health – E-Cigarettes on Radio 4 You & Yours – New Vaper’s Rights Site True Astroturf? – Offline: What is medicine’s 5 sigma? – Imaginary Friends – Gabriel Scally’s Big Fat Fail – Will Self And His Addiction To Vaping – Nicotine Science and Policy – Daily Digest – Mon, 13 April 2015
One of these is proud socialist Gabriel Scally, a very rich guy who revels in being described as an NHS ‘whistleblower’ but who protests loudly when others usevalid channels to expose lies surrounding tobacco control. He is also amonumental hypocrite on Twitter too.
A patient desperate for a cigarette makes a mockery of new NHSanti-smoking rules – by standing at a hospital entrance with a drip in one hand and fag in the other. The onesie-wearing woman was one of many we caught puffing away just days after ciggies were banned at all healthcare centres….
As e-cigarettes have become more popular, concerns have been raised about their contents. The European Commission has ruled that anyone selling them by 2016 must be able to show exactly what’s in it. But will the extra regulations mean extra cost?
Looks pretty enticing doesn’t it? The site goes over pretty much all the legislative bullshit ranging from taxation, through bans, marketing and sales, right up to regulation. The site encourages the user to sign a petition. Fortunately for me, I use a pretty large high-resolution monitor so I caught the site footer immediately…..
Last week, a brand new vaping advocacy website just appeared out of the blue. Normally, as vapers we’d be excited about even more help in our uphill battle. But this new site has been met with healthy skepticism, to put it politely. Why is it some folks smell something fishy?
For 40 years, smoking cigarettes has been as fundamental to Will Self’s way of life as eating and sleeping (often much more so). Lately, though, he’s a changed man, thanks to a new addiction: vaping. According to our orally fixated correspondent, the pleasures of the plastic fag are many. So start sucking now, smokers, before someone tries to ban them
“A lot of what is published is incorrect.” I’m not allowed to say who made this remark because we were asked to observe Chatham House rules. We were also asked not to take photographs of slides. Those who worked for government agencies pleaded that their comments especially remain unquoted, since the forthcoming UK election meant they were living in “purdah”—a chilling state where severe restrictions on freedom of speech are placed on anyone on the government’s payroll….