There is a legend that if the Pope sits in the chair of St Peter, he is on a direct line to God and can truly speak the word of God. It’s a handy trick as all the Faithful have to believe him no matter what he says ex cathedra.
There is a remarkable similarity with the American Surgeon General.
Whenever he speaks, it is considered to be the ultimate authority in the world of all things medical. He is the Great Arbiter and no one dare question his authority. He also apparently speaks ex cathedra.
As far as I am concerned I discredited the Surgeon General back when it was declared that “there is no safe level of second hand smoke”. That was such utter bullshit and flew in the face of all real science, so I just discounted it, and all future utterances.
This time around he has really blown it. Declarations that e-cigarettes are just another form of tobacco are just so idiotic that ony the blindest eejit could take him seriously. What’s worse, he has made a statement that is patently false but is also known to be false by millions of Americans. Even the Anti-Smoker Industry is reeling.
What is really fascinating to watch though is the reaction in the UK where they have stated that e-cigarettes are essentially safe, which is diametrically opposite to the Surgeon General’s statement.
Cancer Research UK who are at the forefront of the Anti-Smoker campaign were quick off the mark criticising the American report and it was a brilliant example of someone telling someone ese they are a fucking liar while trying to stay diplomatic in the process. It’s somewhat akin to the Church of England stating that Jesus was a man while the Pope declares that Jesus was a woman. Both can’t be right but neither wants to offend the other.
Personally, I couldn’t give a shite what any of them say as I consider all their pronouncements to be tainted with self interest so I just ignore them.
But the more outlandish their claims, the fewer people will believe them.
And that’s a Good Thing.