There has been a fair bit of comment on the Royal College of Physicians report on vaping in recent days.
People have been justifiably delighted with the announcement that vaping is officially as safe as they have always claimed it is.
I have read several views on the report but the one that stood out for me was one written by an anti-smoker – Michael Siegel. While he is a professional anti-smoker, he at least has the saving grace to be honest about it. One paragraph in particular stood out for me –
It is also a breath of fresh air that helps to clean out some of the stench we have been getting from the completely non-evidence-based rhetoric and propaganda we have been getting for the past six years from anti-nicotine organizations and researchers in the U.S. and from numerous health agencies and regulatory bodies, including the FDA and the CDC.
Now smokers have known for years that the Tobacco Control Industry can be economical with the truth, but here is a report that not only contradicts the TCI but essentially proves that they have been lying all along. So having been called out on their lies, just how far back in history to we have to go before we see a bit of honesty in their outpourings?
I would contend that it all started with Godber's statement that they must “foster an atmosphere where it was perceived that active smokers would injure those around them, especially their family and any infants or young children who would be exposed involuntarily”. Now this wasn't the first lie, but it was a direct call to action to produce "evidence", as is shown by the word "perceived" as distinct from "proved".
So the lies started then. We had study after study, where the evidence was manipulated and distorted. "Good" results were published and "bad" reports were buried. The Great Lie about second hand smoke had begun. Having been emboldened by their success they dropped the pretense of using science to back their claims and just stated blatant lies as fact. How else would you explain such gems as smoke traveling through solid walls and down telephone cables? How else could they claim that a whisp of smoke in the open air can damage children's health? Opening a car window blows smoke into the car?
Over the years these lies have become the truth purely by virtue of constant repetition. How often do we hear of the hundreds of thousands who have "died from second hand smoke" or the thousands of kids who take up smoking because they have seen it in a film? I am not saying that all anti-smokers know they are lying but those at the top definitely do, unless they are totally deranged.
Then along comes the e-cigarette.
They had no answer to this device which threatened not only their livelihood but also the profits of their masters in Big Pharma. Their only answer was to spin more lies in the hope that the momentum would carry them over the bump. E-cigarettes are leading kids into smoking real cigarettes. E-cigarettes are carcinogenic and are more dangerous than real cigarettes. E-cigarettes reduce smokers' chances of quitting. E-cigarettes explode without warning. The list is long and tedious.
Even after the report was published, we had a desperate attempt at back pedaling from our own Pat Doorley who said that "while e-cigarettes are safer than tobacco products, there are still some concerns around their use, particularly long-term."
He then goes on to say “The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland recommends that people who need help with smoking cessation speak to their GP or pharmacist to get advice about all treatment options such as nicotine replacement therapies and psychological supports,” We must keep our paymasters in Big Pharma happy, mustn't we?
They have been called out on their lies in public.
Maybe now people will see they have been lying through their teeth all along?