On the marketing front, e-cigarette makers have also started emulating tactics once used by tobacco companies. They sponsor medical studies and testimonials from doctors, and run television spots advertising the use of e-cigarettes indoors or in the presence of children, since they do not result in second-hand smoke.
"This is really undermining all the progress we have made in de-normalizing smoking," says Dr. Pisinger."The denormalisation tactics toward e-cigs are very much underway including - as we see above - smearing valid arguments from suppliers in order to stifle debate. This is how they are able to completely ignore studies which prove beyond doubt that there is no harm to third parties from e-cig use.
It's why certain e-cig defenders who go around dubbing tobacco companies "Big Death" (they know who they are) are not really helping themselves. It's just more ammunition for bansturbators if their prior demonisation of other industries is accepted without question.
All of which reminds me of something I said on these pages three years ago.
You can't pick and choose which liberties you wish to keep, and which are OK to be stamped on. Bending an inch to these people just boosts their power and leads, eventually, to something being attacked which you hold dear.Surely - in an environment where the same methods are plainly being employed against alcohol, fast food, fizzy drinks etc - we should be learning this by now. It's not like Niemöller is an obscure text, now is it?
Divide and rule works very well for health zealots because all the while the public are happy about others being pursued, but not so happy about the same treatment being meted out to themselves, the health lobby are unencumbered - they just want to ban everything.