I have been idly watching the Vaping Wars for a while now.
Twitter is alight with people frantically trying to stem the tide of anti-vaping rhetoric which started with the deaths in the States. Quite frankly I am amused at the whole affair because it was so predictable.
When electrofags first came into prominence, Vapers were very quick to jump on the anti-smoker bandwagon. Think of all the lives that will be saved [a billion?!] they screamed. Electrofags are the answer to dirty filthy cigarettes they roared. They hoped that they could ally themselves with the anti-smokers to drive people off cigarettes onto electrofags. However they should have realised there was something wrong when the anti-smokers gave them a very tepid welcome at best.
There are many obvious reasons for the current war. First and foremost Anti-Smokers have a pathological hatred for anything to do with Nicotine [apart from their paymasters in Big Pharma, of course]. They had their eye on electrofags from the outset, but their problem was that they could find nothing wrong with the devices and could only muter about “passive vaping” and “the long term effects”. When the first hospital admissions were announced in the States, this was a godsend. At last they had an excuse to attack electrofags. The deaths were the icing on the cake. The fact that the deaths were mostly in a specific area, all involved THC and all in the States meant nothing, as Anti-Smokers believe in propaganda, not facts.
So now Vapers are drowning in the tide of Anti-Vaping rhetoric sweeping the world. Electrofags are lethal – just look at the deaths! The fact that vapers are reverting to smoking cigarettes is irrelevant, except of course it means greater tax income for the countries. Cigarettes are familiar territory for the Anti-Smokers whereas Electrofags are a threat and an unknown. Also removing vaping removes an enormous threat to the paymasters in Big Pharma.
I doubt that Vapers can win this battle. Anti-smokers are experts at propaganda and at twisting, distorting and ignoring facts. They have the bit between their teeth now and have the ears of the lawmakers. They won’t be happy until vaping has been driven off the scene and they can just concentrate on torturing smokers.
Welcome back to my world!