I came across yet another survey yesterday.
Over the past couple of years, I have become deeply cynical when it comes to any ‘survey’, ‘research’ or ‘reports’ as they all tend to be slanted, biased or just plain crazy.
Yesterday’s survey was done by E-Cigarette Direct, and I would normally dismiss it on the grounds that a) it’s biased, b) it’s a tiny survey [145 respondents] and c) it’s an on-line survey which is notoriously unreliable. The reason I mention it though is because it rings true.
According to the survey, 62% of e-cigarette users said they would return to normal cigarettes if e-cigarettes were banned.
Just for a moment, assume I am a fanatical environmentalist [mwaaahahaha!!] and I decide to sell my petrol car and go for an electric one? Let us then assume that the government bans electric cars? What am I going to do? Do I give up driving altogether? No. I go back to driving a petrol one. It’s logical. The same logic can equally be applied to smoking.
There is a major push to have electronic cigarettes banned. The arguments are many but basically they boil down to “they are full of carcinogens” [which is a load of bollix] or “they encourage young people to smoke” which presumably means that sticking a white pencil in your mouth is tantamount to encouraging smoking.
The arguments against electronic cigarettes are nonsensical. I cannot think of one single reason why they should be banned.
Well, actually I can.
You see, they are not made by the pharmaceutical companies, and this is why they are under attack.
The pharmaceutical companies want everyone to quit smoking, hence all the crazy propaganda that we have floating around these days. However, they want people to quit by using nicotine patches or nicotine gum. The introduction of an alternative that they don’t manufacture could cost them billions, and they will do everything in their power to stop that.
You look at just about any ‘research’ done into the effects of smoking, be it primary smoking or secondary and you will find the pharmaceuticals funding that research.
Of course the Antis will say that anyone who counters their arguments is funded by the tobacco industry.
I’m not funded by anyone.