Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Why E-Cigs Will Continue To Be Attacked In 2014

Over at the Ashtray blog, some have been predicting what will happen to e-cigs in 2014.

It's easy to foresee, though, if you take note of what has gone before. Historian Victoria Berridge - in her book Marketing Health: Smoking and the Discourse of Public Health in Britain, 1945-2000 - was very clear about the principle. They're quite simply not going to be allowed.
The battle lines were drawn - as [former ASH chief in 1977] Simpson put it, "If there was such a thing as a safer cigarette, then there would be no need for ASH". The style and agenda of the organization was bound up with its stance of opposition to reduction of risk and in favour of its elimination. To achieve this necessarily pitted itself against industry interests, but also against sections of government which saw the way forward in cooperation and voluntary regulation.
These are the scriptures which public health ideologues adhere to, and have done for decades. They ain't letting an impudent upstart like e-cigs break their rent-seeking modus operandi anytime soon. Not while the pursuit of prohibition pays.

E-cigs will continue to be maligned, lied about, attacked and prohibited for the simple reason that many tobacco controllers are not in the game for health reasons. It's never really been about health, y'see. They are merely perpetuating their own self-enrichment while they can still get away with it, aided by the most incompetent politicians this - or any other first world country - has ever been condemned to suffer.

May God rot them, every one.


SteveW said...

Sad, but true mate.
A pox on all their houses.
Happy Christmas.

Longrider said...

Along with e-cigs you can apply the template to alcohol, sugar, fats, meat, dairy products, fizzy drinks and so on.

Sam Duncan said...

'Tis the season of peace and goodwill to all men, but by God it's difficult with that crowd. Merry Christmas, jewel robbers!

All seeing eye said...

It would be most enlightening to know ,how many politicians are under some form of pressure (direct or indirect) to maintain the anti smoking paranoia.
The myth of "health concern" is surely now beyond the pale.
As the media has it's snout in the MEDIC ADS TROUGH we cant expect any revelations for a while.
For the first time in 100 years the Public Transport Special Christmas Eve Bus Services in Manchester have been cancelled
due to the death of the pub and club scene
Probably because of the "recession" according to the BBC/Guardian/Labour

Dick_Puddlecote said...

None about health either, you're correct.

Dick_Puddlecote said...

Very true. Here's something which lifestyle bigots won't understand ... but is why we are better than them, and why they are worse than Scrooge.


truckerlyn said...

They couldn't possibly say it was because of the smoking ban killing off the pub and club trade, could they? If they did then someone would ask for the evidence and nowadays, journalists wouldn't know how to obtain evidence, even if they did want to!

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