Just a little footnote to yesterday's theme…
So the Royal College of Physicians announces that in their opinion e-cigarettes are a remarkably effective smoking cessation device.
You would imagine there would be a sigh of relief amongst the various governing bodies? An unbiased organisation, highly regarded in the medical world has made a pronouncement that should please everybody?
Oh no. The RCP could be wrong. We still don't know if vaping could be harmful in 50 years time. And there are a lot of people in America and elsewhere who have raised doubts [no matter how ludicrous].
Responding, the Irish cancer charity said that while it recognised e-cigarettes were safer than tobacco, it could not recommend them for use as a smoking cessation device until further research was carried out.
Minister for Children Dr James Reilly said he was “very concerned” about e-cigarettes.
“We didn’t have sufficient information and I didn’t want the ‘perfect’ to get in the way of the ‘good’ in relation to including that in the legislation,” Dr Reilly said.
“But the evidence is starting to pile up now that this is a serious problem.”
Actually the evidence is now saying it isn't a problem, but never mind. Incidentally, I haven't a clue what the "good" and "perfect" thing is about.
Dr Reilly said he was concerned that e-cigarettes could become a “gateway” to traditional nicotine consumption. “I don’t want to undermine anything we’re doing by not having good, strong evidence, well-researched. I know that there are people in America very concerned about this.”
Er, no. The report just says that there isn't a "gateway" effect. And as for the vested interests and lunatic fringe in America…. What can I say? What about the doctors in the UK who aren't concerned?
So, to paraphrase the Irish attitude –
We think cigarettes are 100% lethal, and while we are told that e-cigarettes are 95% safer, there is still a remote possibility that they are 5% lethal and would therefore prefer people to stick with the 100% lethal ones for a few more decades until we are happy that further research has been carried out.
Or possibly the real truth –
Look, Ireland relies very heavily on Big Pharma as an industry and we wouldn't want to rock the boat. Also they are very generous in funding qangos so we don't want to offend them in any way. Therefore we would ask people to ignore the experts and carry on smoking which is, when all is said and done, a huge generator of tax revenue. And if anyone wants to quit, then ignore those idiots in the UK and rely instead on the useless yokes produced by our pharmaceutical friends.