Or, to put it more bluntly, they don't really care about health or wellbeing one iota.
Commenting on a Daily Mail article by ex-Sky correspondent, Ross Appleyard - detailing his harrowing experience of using Champix - we see the harm reduction principle being openly quoted.
Dr Clare Gerada, chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners, says: "As a GP, I prescribe Champix to my patients who want to quit smoking - usually along with nicotine patches and gum. In my opinion, the risks of smoking are far greater than any associated with taking the medicine."Some may argue that the possibility of immediate suicide and/or violent murder is rather more scary than a 50/50 chance of tobacco-related complications in old age, but the point is at least valid to put forward.
Or would be if the exact opposite argument isn't regularly employed to prohibit electronic cigarette use.
[...] the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, a group that has helped states and localities draft laws on smoking bans, includes electronic cigarettes in its model legislation due to the fears over the safety of the devices.So, on the one hand, harm reduction is perfectly acceptable when the product is produced by pharmaceutical interests, even if it is clear that the product is far from 100% safe.
"They raise significant health concerns for us. We don't know what is in the vapor mist, we don't know what else is in the contents of that electronic cigarette," said Cynthia Hallett, executive director of the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. "The good news is more research being done. ... We may learn more, and if in the end they're safe, we'll have to revisit."
But she said that to be allowed in places where regular cigarettes are banned, electronic cigarettes wouldn't just have to be safer; they'd have to "do no harm."
But when talking of e-cigs, their 90% safer potential is to be completely ignored, and consumers effectively forced back to tobacco use which - according to tobacco control's own statistics - will kill half of them.
The tobacco control industry would command so much more integrity if it just admitted that their crusade never had anything to do with health, wouldn't it?