One of the things that we have learnt over the past few years is that people who are not actually qualified to pronounce have been doing a lot of pronouncing. Readers who read the link to Linda Bauld’s pronouncement yesterday about ecigs might not have noticed her ‘expert’ qualifications:
“Linda Bauld is Director of the Institute for Social Marketing at the University of Stirling which receives research funding from Cancer Research UK and a range of other public sector organisations and charities.”
I fail to see her toxicological expertise to pronounce upon the plus or minus toxicological effects of ecig vapour. But, of course, she does not claim to be able to do so – she cleverly ‘appeals to authority’ – “a recent study observed …”. That is a common TC trick – the results of the ‘recent study’ are assumed to be true.
Tonight, I just want to blow the fears of ecig liquid away. Here is a pic:
That is the front. Here is the back:
I know that the writing is hard to read, but, on the back, the orange square reads ” CORROSIVE”.That is the only danger warning. There are no pics of corroded lungs or skin.
But that very dangerous substance is confined within a simple plastic container, and there is 500 grams of it. There is no special dispenser involved. ‘Childproofness’ is indicated in the pics – the simple expedient of having to sqeeze and twist the top at the same time. I am sure that readers are fully aware of the many other products were are also rendered ‘childproof’ by this simple expedient.
But we cannot help but observe that, in many situations, even those rudimentary requirements do not exist. For example, if a person runs out of petrol in his car, it is not uncommon for that person to use any container at all to acquire a quantity of petrol which he pours into his tank. In those cases, we might be talking about a couple of gallons of the stuff, and not 100 millilitres.
In the case of the petrol example, common sense prevails. There is no need for legislation. Legislation would only produce complexities which are not warranted.
IBut tobacco control is trying to introduce unwarranted complexities via superstitions, myths and miasmas.
For me, ecigs have one simple use, which is to enable smokers to get around smoking bans. That is what terrifies the Zealots. and they have said so. This means that Smokers and Vapers are very,very closely aligned. I have said that smokers and vapers may not be ‘brothers’, but they are certainly ‘cousins’.
It may be true that much political discussion occurred in pubs. Personally, that has never been my experience. People do not go to pubs to fall out. On the contrary, people go to pubs to ‘agree’. That is, they generally talk about things which affect all of them in the same way.
But very few people go to pubs any more. Pubs, as such, hardly exist at this time.
What the Nation has lost, as a result of the decimation of pubs, has not been discussion of politics. It has been cohesion.
I think that the latest excrescences of Tobacco Control, in the form of Linda Bauld’s miasmas, are comical. But our Leaders do not see the ‘end of pier’ jocularity.
Because Cameron, Clegg, Milliband will not take on the Public Health Zealots (which they, politically, are supporting), then they must agree. The main political parties agree with the persecution of smokers.
Enough – I must to bed.