In the News 2nd Feb
Mondays News at a glance.
MPs Win The Battle To Smoke E-Cigarettes In Parliament – Article 20 Legal Challenge – Are we in the endgame for smoking? – Outdoor smoking ban starts in Bristol – Christopher Snowdon and The Voluntary Ban – New Surgeon General Should Prescribe Scientific Honesty On E-cigarettes – The “Vaping Truth Survey” Final Analysis.
Although the devices are banned in many British offices and public spaces, lobbying from MPs and researchers means the country’s politicians will soon be able to puff on e-cigarettes within parliament, BuzzFeed News has learned. This is despite the World Health Organisation recommending a complete ban on use of the devices indoors….
Totally Wickeds legal challenge to Article 20
Reasons why you should support the legal challenge:
2ml tank capacity limit means a huge swathe of the most popular products will be unavailable – Harsh regulations around fluid and emissions testing mean that small and artisanal e-liquid manufacturers will be unable to compete, or in many cases even stay in business – The 20 mg/ml nicotine strength limit means that those most at risk from combustible cigarettes (heavy smokers) are least likely to be able to satisfy nicotine craving with e-cigarettes…..
When does this disproportionate legislation become law? It already is – and, unless this legal challenge is successful, it will come into force across the EU in 2016.
Clive Bates – The Counterfactual:
There is a thread of discussion in the world of tobacco control devoted to what is know to as the ‘endgame’… it is a kind of blue sky thinking about end of tobacco use and the policies needed to bring it about. It includes a set of policy proposals set out in the May 2013 supplement of the journal Tobacco Control and has become the subject of conferences, journal papers, presentations, op-eds and thought pieces by leading academics and speeches by the Director General of WHO (which actually has some good advice in parts). But what does the data tell us….?
From The Daily Mail:
Bristol will today become the first UK city to pilot outdoor smoke-free areas. Millennium Square and Anchor Square now have voluntary cigarette bans after a poll found 61 per cent of locals were in favour of the idea. New York, Toronto and Hong Kong already have similar bans in key outdoor locations. The British trial has been set up by the local government group Smoke-free South West.
Listen, you cretins, there’s no such thing as a “voluntary ban”. It’s Orwellian gobbledegook. By their very nature, bans require submission, enforcement and punishment. Calling a ban voluntary makes about as much sense as calling an authoritarian a liberal.
Okay, that’s a bad example, but you’d think tobacco control fanatics, of all people, would know what a ban is. Every policy they ever lobby for involves one…..
Early last week, the nation’s new Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, said health officials are “in desperate need of clarity” on electronic cigarettes to help guide policies. The technology should be embraced, he said, if evidence shows e-cigarettes are able to help those who otherwise have trouble quitting smoking….
From the beginning this survey was a vision to get a truthful view on vaping from vapers to counter the worldwide negative Public Health, Anti-tobacco (you would think with no combustion/no tobacco, ANTI-tobacco crowds would not be in this list), Departments of Public Health around the world, W.H.O (World Health Organization), FDA, CDC & other major entities engage the media with, releasing an onslaught of false and misleading statements. Those entities are rarely retracting any disparities that I’ve seen. They trust you trust them, and they use that to their advantage. Bans are happening as well. BANS….