There is a lot of excitement at the moment about a video of a Clive Bates interview.
Dick Puddlecote got quite excited about it last night and urged us all to watch and cheer. I did watch it this morning and found myself distinctly unimpressed. Sorry Dick.
Shortly after I saw that Simon Clark had weighed in with his tuppenceworth, and to be honest I would be more inclined to cheer at his contribution. Sorry again, Dick.
My attitude is that I don't give a flying fuck whether vaping is any safer than smoking. If I choose to either or neither is my own business and I can make that decision myself. Maybe a push bike is safer on the roads than a two-litre motorcycle but if I happen to prefer motorcycling then the pedal cyclists can fuck off.
Unfortunately a hell of a lot of vapers have climbed on the Tobacco Control Bandwagon. Their constant references to vaping being safer than smoking and that vaping is saving millions [a billion?] of lives is nothing short of regurgitating the mass hysteria pumped out by TC. Then we have an ex-ASH bloke coming on and repeating the same crap about "public health" and getting people off the Evil Weed and the vapers cheer him on.
Where the vapers are wrong is in their attempts to prove that vaping is safer than smoking. That is completely irrelevant. By doing that they are playing the Nanny State game. The argument should be that no one should be dictating how we live our lives in the first place.
Maybe smoking does have health implications, but they aren't as bad as the Nannies make out. That is irrelevant as I make my own decisions about what I do. I cannot see why it is anyone else's business. If I enjoy doing the ton on a motorbike then provided I don't kill anyone else then that's my choice. If I decide to climb Mount Everest I know there are huge risks but they are my risks and I choose to take 'em.
So whether it's smoking, vaping, alcohol, fast food or sugary drinks it is none of the Nannies business, and the stance should be to tell them to fuck off and keep their noses out of private people's lives. The gubmint does not have a responsibility to keep us healthy – that is our responsibility as individuals. If we make the wrong decisions and end up as obese alcoholic chain-smokers then so be it – we may regret it in later life but we knew the risks and took them.
So my message to all the vapers out there is to stop trying to prove that vaping is "safer" than smoking. It isn't relevant. Stop trying to prove how you are improving "pubic health". You vape, you enjoy it, and fair play to you. Some of you have noticed health improvements? Again, fair play and good luck to you. But stop trying to appease the lawmakers because you are only encouraging the Nanny State. Tell them that you want to vape, that it's entirely your own business and tell them to mind their own fucking business. You are fighting the wrong battle.
I have every respect for vapers. I have every respect for smokers and non-smokers too.
I have nothing but contempt for the Nanny State.
That is the real enemy.