Sunday 17 November 2013

More Want E-Cig Ban Than Supported Smoking Ban In Pubs

While I have a few moments, there was an interesting stat during Tuesday's BBC Breakfast VT piece about e-cigs and their public use. Their poll asked the public if vaping should be banned in public places, the result being:

Katherine Devlin: "Mr DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up"
34% said yes, a blanket ban on the use of e-cigs indoors is justified, which the BBC described as "the public seems to be fairly relaxed about people using e-cigarettes in public".

Rather interesting, I thought, considering that the ONS published a poll every year from 1996 to 2005 on attitudes to a smoking ban in pubs. They split the responses between those who approved of an outright ban, those who favoured some restrictions, and the numbers calling for none at all.

The figures up to 2005 were (emphases mine):

2003: 20%, 70% and 8% respectively.
2004: 31%, 63% and 5%
2005: 33%, 61% and 5%

Note that the first figure is those in favour of what was undemocratically inflicted on us. The significant majority didn't want it. This could have been embarrassing to Labour, in the wake of their authoritarian Health Act 2006, if the ONS hadn't changed the way they presented the stats for that year ... which is exactly what they did. I'm sure they still asked the same questions, but tables were published showing 66% agreeing with 'restrictions' (a flatline from the previous two years by their own admission), without any further detail. Lo and behold, a majority now in favour, whereas before they were struggling for a third of those surveyed.

You could say, then, using the BBC's vernacular, that - considering the lesser percentage compared with the BBC's 34% on e-cigs - the public seemed 'fairly relaxed' about smoking in pubs prior to the smoking ban.

I also suspect that if the BBC had split their poll into those who approve of an outright ban on e-cigs, those who favour some restrictions, and those who think there should be none at all, that they could have presented their poll differently - perhaps arguing that a majority want legislative bans. The fact that they didn't reflects rather well on the BBC, I'd say.

Of course, others may not be as generous in not manipulating polls on public use of e-cigs so vapers should be wary of being complacent. That 62% opposed is not as encouraging as it superficially seems, in fact it's alarming how large the minority agreeing with the proposal is ... especially absent of any fake science suggesting vapour harms bystanders.

A larger majority than that has been ignored before in very recent history, after all.


Hope Springs! said...

The Labour Party Manifesto for the 2005 General Election stated
" For Pubs and Clubs the option of a smoking ban would be left to the discretion of the management or membership of the venue."
A blatant lie,a definitive deception,an absolute proof that Westminster
no longer represents the will of the people.
Even worse, those who voted in the 2010 General Election are
little more than Quislings and Judases.
As for the next election in 2015,anyone who votes for the
Con/Lib/lab Junta really should keep their mouths or keyboard
Vaping Ban ?????? Who cares ,the low voltage creeps fled the
fight against the ban ,let them shiver with the smokers in the gutters and ginnels. Smokers and Vapers alike, Twittering boneless whingers,keyboard cardboard cut-outs,Wi-Fi warriors,Fibre Optic
Kommandos and Facebook Marrionettes.
Who listens to ?
The Green valley

JonathanBagley said...

Fear of the unknown, Dick, and the current view that it;s reasonable to ban anything which slightly inconveniences you. Also, the public are going to believe any ofiicial sounding body which says ecig vapour may be dangerous. Ten years ago, I would have done.

Bob Johnson said...

I wonder who they asked?

Crossbow said...

Clearly not the usual suspects - as the the result indicates :)

Dick_Puddlecote said...

It's a good question. They offer little by way of explaining sample size, demographic, or even the pollster they used. Could have been a show of hands in the office as far as we know.

AlpineNewt said...

I think (or hope) that the 'for a ban' figure will decrease in time. As ignorance decreases acceptance should increase much as we have seen amongst MEPs who a year ago didn't see a problem with the medical route but have since rejected it.