The report was very bad news for tobacco control's scattered e-cig denialists because it effectively debunked every one of their desperate imaginary reasons why vaping should be restricted. No threat from passive vaping, no adverse health effects for users, no renormalisation of smoking and no gateway effect for children. If this was a chess game, it was the equivalent of taking the denialists' Queen, checkmating their King and then setting fire to all their other pieces, they have literally nothing left.
Well, apart from lying, of course.
#eCigs pose much higher cancer risk than first thought? @PHE_uk @ASH_LDN @SimonChapman6 @martinmckee @UK_HF @CR_UK http://t.co/LxN8D1WumE— Simon Capewell (@SimonCapewell99) August 19, 2015
Incredibly, this guy Capewell - who is a top official in the Faculty of Public Health no less - decided that an obscure eight month old study from Japan trumps a meta-analysis from the government's chosen health body! What's more, he believes the obscure study over and above his own colleagues despite the extreme formaledhyde claims it contained having been debunked as utter garbage. It was such a misleading claim that even the Daily Mail apologised for publishing it!
Meanwhile, wobbly wibbling e-cig hater Martin McKee was retweeting the very same junk claim.
E-cigarettes Contain Ten Times The Carcinogens of cigs - Business Insider @PHE_Children @martinmckee @ADPHUK http://t.co/2JKlob4fHp— Dominic Harrison (@BWDDPH) August 19, 2015
Remember that these people are supposed to be public health professionals dealing in 'evidence-based policy'. No, really!
The reason for their gnashing of teeth and quite pathetic straw-clutching becomes evident with this tweet from McKee.
@jpraft Why use crystal ball when you can read book? Australia, Canada, Hong Kong have lowest rates w/o e cigs. Tax, ad restrictions work— Martin McKee (@martinmckee) August 19, 2015
You see, they despise smokers so it's not enough that you quit smoking - you have to also suffer while doing so and there must be some element of force to aid the egos of these dreadful anti-smoking bigots. Taxes to bully you into quitting are fine, but enjoy the experience of quitting using e-cigs? Nope, that's unacceptable.
And if you want a prime example of how incredibly vile, power-crazy, and fascistic the anti-smoking crusade has become, check out this jaw-dropper from this morning.
If ecigs help smokers quit - great BUT there's no place for them in workplaces, enclosed public places or in fornt of children. Support ban— WHoEHG (@WHoEHG) August 20, 2015
Read it twice if you're unsure you'd read it correctly first time, I'd quite understand. Yes, they are actually conceding that e-cigs are a great tool to help smokers who want to quit, but still demanding government deny property and business owners the choice of whether to allow their use or not. We're a long way down the road from the 'protecting bar staff' lie now aren't we?
It's like watching a boxer having had his brain pirouetted in his head but stilll flailing around and thinking he's in the fight, it's time these truth-avoiding anti-smoking dinosaurs were counted out. I'd pity them if they weren't so contemptuous, evil and deserving of jail time.