The ‘Trade Union Congress’ (TUC) Betrayal of its People

The actions of the TUC are beyond my comprehension. I mean, really, really incomprehensible.

But before we talk about the TUC, let us look at the latest mumbo-jumbo from the Lancet. We must remember that the Lancet is supposed to be a ‘learned journal’. Sorry, but I have no alternative but to publish the whole thing in full.

 

E-cigarettes: closing regulatory gaps.

The Lancet.
Many questions about the benefits and harms of e-cigarettes remain unanswered. However, evidence of the aggressive tactics being used by e-cigarette manufacturers to market their products, especially to young people, is increasing. The latest report—Gateway to Addiction?—released last week by a group of Democratic members of the US Congress is based on a survey of nine of the biggest e-cigarette manufacturers. It shows that companies are substantially boosting their advertising budgets, with some doubling expenditure between 2012 and 2013. Six companies sponsored or provided free e-cigarettes at 348 public events in 2012 and 2013, many of them geared towards young people. Most companies manufacture and market a wide variety of flavours such as Cherry Crush, Peach Pit, and Vanilla Dreams that could appeal to youth. Seven companies have television and radio advertisements for their products, some featuring celebrity spokespeople, and some aired during youth-orientated programmes. Companies also use social media to promote their products. And, although none of the companies reported using health benefit or harm reduction claims to market e-cigarettes, the investigation found that some are making misleading claims. Marketing for one brand states: “You get the feeling of smoking real cigarettes without all of their negative side effects.”
Manufacturers have clearly been exploiting the lack of regulatory oversight in the USA and elsewhere. A 2013 report found similar strategies were being used by companies to attract a youth market in the UK. Widespread unregulated use of e-cigarettes might lead to increased uptake of conventional cigarettes, renormalisation of cigarette smoking, and increases in nicotine addiction and other yet unknown ill health effects.

The US Food and Drug Administration is due to release regulations on e-cigarettes, and the report calls for the agency to act quickly. Other countries and regions have already responded. In March, the European Union issued regulations on e-cigarettes including the requirement that they comply with the same advertising and packaging restrictions as regular tobacco products, have mandatory health warnings, and information on addictiveness. The alarming expansion of the e-cigarette market and active targeting of youth should spur other countries to follow suit and urgently regulate e-cigarettes.

We might compare that statement with the statement from the TUC (as filched from Dick Puddlecote):

http://dickpuddlecote.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/keep-providing-ammo-ta.html#comment-1355654647

The TUC strongly recommends that unions should ensure that electronic cigarettes are subject to the same restrictions in the workplace as tobacco. They should not be used in any indoor place. This is because the risk to others is unknown, but also because it can be confusing if people are seen to be smoking what can look like tobacco. This undermines the smoking ban.

However employers and health campaigners may wish to promote the use of electronic cigarettes for existing smokers to help them give up, on the understanding that they only use them when they would normally smoke a cigarette and not anywhere that smoking is restricted.

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The similarities between the two quotes, including the international connotations, are just too obvious to be ignored.

Damnation! How is it possible? How can the TUC have been so thoroughly infiltrated? None of it makes sense!!! it is childish, immature, ghost-stories, things that bump in the night, fear of the dark, theatrical, ogres. Childish!

I seem to remember a time, possibly fifteen years ago, when airlines advised passengers not to drink water from the supply in foreign (Spanish) hotels etc. I may be wrong about the precise wording of the ‘advice’, but that was the implication. As a result, we bought 5 litre bottles of water. It was only when I became aware of EU standardisation of water supplies, and noticed that the water being emitted from the taps of hotels was perfectly clear, that I realised that there was no need for excessive fears. Thereafter, I started drinking the tap water. No horrors resulted. After that, I was amused by people still lugging 5 litre bottles of water about.

But did the airlines say that it was safe to drink the water? NO! They just stopped talking about it. We had to find out for ourselves.

So what we are seeing is people and organisations screaming, “BE AFRAID! BE AFRAID!” For no other reason than that they themselves are afraid to do otherwise.

Is that not precisely how the fear of second hand smoke started? And is it not true that these fear were deliberately generated with ‘malice aforethought’? And is it not true that organisation like the TUC have fallen for the ‘better safe than sorry’ mantra? And is it not true that politicians in general are shit scared?

WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH THESE PEOPLE??

 

 

 

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12 Responses to “The ‘Trade Union Congress’ (TUC) Betrayal of its People”

  1. Rose Says:

    Use the ban to help staff quit urges TUC – 2007

    “Employers can work with local smoking cessation services in the health service and should consider running in-house stop smoking sessions, offering staff who smoke patches, gum or hypnosis to encourage them to quit.

    The small cost of providing this would be more than offset by the individual health and business benefits of reducing the number of smokers within the workforce.”
    http://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace-issues/health-and-safety/use-ban-help-staff-quit-urges-tuc-1

    Any other messages from the TUC were clearly just windowdressing

    • Rose Says:

      It takes me back full-circle to my 18 year old self and the persistant question that made me take up smoking in the first place when I had previously considered it a pointless practice, nicotine and solanesol being common to all the nightshade vegetables

      What is so important about the tobacco plant that people who should know better feel the need to lie about it?

      • Junican Says:

        TC mayhem is very like Japanese knotweed, isn’t it? TC sowed the seeds decades ago and now the weed is unstoppable. It is sprouting everywhere and destroying everything in its path. People keep pointing out the damage to the Government, by they say that it is perfectly OK because ‘experts’ have said that there is no damage and the results will be wonderful in thirty years time.

  2. nisakiman Says:

    What really gets my goat about statements like those that you’ve quoted is the assumption that these people are in a position to dictate what we should and shouldn’t do (and I include the manufacturers in that ‘we’).

    The US Food and Drug Administration is due to release regulations on e-cigarettes, and the report calls for the agency to act quickly.

    WTF?

    Smoking, and vaping, may or may not be harmful, but that is really irrelevant. If we proscribed every potentially harmful activity, we wouldn’t do anything. Nothing at all.

    Driving cars is a risky pursuit, and motorcycles infinitely more so. Horse riding, skiing, crossing the road, eating cream cakes, bungee jumping, parachuting, scuba diving, doing nothing but watch TV, playing football, jogging. All these things are, to a greater or lesser degree risky, and could kill us.

    So who the fuck do these people think they are to decide for us what pleasures we can and cannot indulge in? Who the fuck do they think they are to treat us like children to be taught (coerced) how to live our lives.

    Honestly Junican, I get so angry when I think about it that I could give myself an aneurysm! And that’s much worse for my health than smoking!

    • garyk30 Says:

      “I could give myself an aneurysm! And that’s much worse for my health than smoking!”

      Welllll, you wouldn’t have to worry anymore about cancer. 🙂

      • Junican Says:

        Indeed! What a blessing it would be to peg out tomorrow!

      • beobrigitte Says:

        Junican, you will live 10 years longer if you give up smoking!!! The anti-smokers say so!!! Hurray!!

        10 years looking at bamboo coloured walls and being put to bed at 20:00 hrs whether you like it or not! And then, you eat what and when you are given food. End of.
        There are not enough youngsters to PAY for you still existing then; they have either killed themselves or are off on long term sickness.

        Life is great; I do hope they drag me out to work when being old enough to have dementia!!! I might even light up at work…

  3. garyk30 Says:

    The Lancet.
    Many questions about the benefits and harms of e-cigarettes remain unanswered.

    Well; since we don’t know how great are the benefits, the’precautionery principle’ mandates that we encourage their use.

    That would also apply to rising CO2 causing warming which is better that an ice age.

    Therefore, rising CO2 levels should be encouraged.

  4. prog Says:

    TC’s becoming farcical….

  5. beobrigitte Says:

    The TUC strongly recommends that unions should ensure that electronic cigarettes are subject to the same restrictions in the workplace as tobacco. They should not be used in any indoor place.

    The TUC fails to mention one thing: The INDOOR SMOKING BAN WAS ONLY LOBBYABLE ON ACCOUNT OF THIS “PASSIVE-SMOKE-DAMAGE”.

    A fine union it is; tobacco control owned.

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