Rugby MP Mark Pawsey set up a new APPG on e-cigarettes this week in Parliament. The group will examine and scrutinise this rapidly growing industry exploring the benefits the devices could have for people looking to quit smoking. There are an estimated 2.1m e-cigarette users, or vapers, in the UK and the number is rapidly rising.
The group will also examine new legislation coming forward, both European and domestic, that affects the use of the devices.Oh dear, some toes are being trodden on here. You see, there is already an APPG - whose secretariat is provided by ASH - which would claim responsibility for scrutinising e-cigs.
Indeed, as I pointed out earlier this year, Deborah Arnott's huge leap in salary to over £80k pa is partly due to a tactical realignment of her state-funded organisation's emphasis.
ASH altered their "objectives for the public benefit" a few years ago. You see, in 2009 it said this:Of course, a fake charity entitled Action on Smoking and Health should have no business interfering with e-cigs considering they contain no tobacco and are not 'smoked' (even the OED accept that). So they should be relieved that this new APPG has reduced their workload.
2) To advance the education of the public concerning the effects of cigarette and other forms of smoking and their effects on the health of the community and the individual.Nothing in there about e-cigs or any other device which doesn't contain tobacco.
In 2010 - probably when e-cigs started to register on their radar - it was quietly changed to what it remains today (emphasis mine):
2. to advance the education of the public about the effects of cigarette and other tobacco and nicotine products.Subtle, huh?
So Godspeed the new APPG on e-cigs, and all who sail in her!