The hypocrisy of some beggars belief.
Our Hiqa [another bunch of tax funded clipboard carriers] commissioned a study into electrofags.
Despite there being evidence to the contrary, what business is it of theirs anyway?
The Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) is also concerned that non-smokers who vape will switch to tobacco cigarettes.
Now vaping is the almost exclusive reserve of the smoker and ex-smoker so I would imagine there are virtually zero non-smokers who vape. And if someone did try vaping, why on earth would they switch to something that they are constantly told is so lethal? Don’t Hiqa, the HSE and ASH et al believe in the effectiveness of their own propaganda?
Hiqa is the first authority in the EU to examine the cost-effectiveness of e-cigarettes as an intervention to assist people in giving up smoking.
It has advised the Health Minister Simon Harris to await results of ongoing vaping trials before deciding whether to recommend e-cigarettes.
Hiqa found that almost one in three people use e-cigarettes in their attempt to stop smoking, even though there is insufficient evidence to “reliably” show they work.
They seem to overlook the fact that electrofags are just an alternative to smoking, and I don’t think any are sold under the pretense that they are solely to help people quit. The fact that millions have quit cigarettes in favour or electrofags is just merely an inconvenient coincidence?
But it gets worse…..
It found that varenicline was the most effective single therapy and recommended it be used alone or with nicotine patches. The prescription-only medicine reduces the urge to smoke and relieves withdrawal symptoms.
Now varenicline is mentioned three times in the article. It is the “preferred choice”. For anyone who has been living under a rock for the last decade, I checked drugs.com. Their opening two paragraphs –
Serious mental or mood problems (including depression, suicidal thoughts, suicidal attempts) and completed suicides have been reported in patients taking varenicline. Nicotine withdrawal may also have contributed to some of these events. However, these events have also occurred in patients who continued to smoke. These events have occurred both in patients with and without a history of mental or mood problems. Safety and effectiveness of varenicline in patients with a history of certain mental or mood problems (eg, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe depression) have not been confirmed.
Watch patients who take varenicline closely. Stop taking varenicline and contact the doctor at once if new, worsened, or sudden symptoms such as depressed mood, hostility or agitation, or any unusual change in mood or behavior occur. Contact the doctor right away if any signs of suicidal thoughts or actions occur.
So to combat the harmful effects of smoking [highly disputed] they endorse, promote and recommend a drug that will drive people to depression and suicide? Are they recommending suicide as a smoking cessation method? I suppose it is 100% effective.
Provide pleasure, relaxation and calming of nerves.
Side effects: May cause increased risk of heart or lung disease in some.
Numbs pleasure receptors in the brain.
- High chance of depression and suicide.
- behavior changes
- feeling sad or empty
- feelings of panic
- irregular heartbeats
- loss of interest or pleasure
- mood swings
- seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
- Abnormal dreams
- bloated or full feeling
- change in taste
- difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
- dry mouth
- excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
- general feeling of discomfort or illness
- lack or loss of strength
- loss of taste
- passing gas
- stomach pain
- trouble sleeping
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- Acid or sour stomach
- body aches or pain
- decreased appetite
- ear congestion
- increased appetite
- itching skin or rash
- loss of appetite
- loss of voice
- sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
- sneezing or sore throat
- stomach discomfort or upset
- stuffy or runny nose
- trouble concentrating
- unusual drowsiness, dullness, or feeling of sluggishness
How’s that for a bit of Health Information, Hiqa?
Remember – this is their preferred medical alternative to smoking.
The hypocrisy is mind numbing.