When it comes to vaping I am completely neutral.
I have tried a variety of devices and they weren’t for me. Herself is the same. So when it comes to the battle to ban them I am completely indifferent. The vaping mob allied themselves with the anti-smokers hoping for an alliance to further their business, but of course the anti-smokers have now shifted their sights and are after vapers. Very predictable. I have no sympathy for them.
Yesterday Herself was listening to Joe Duffy on the radio. Now there’s a topic where I have very strong feelings. I hate the sound of the bloke. He is patronising, rude and full of obvious fake concern for his listeners. How he became one of RTE’s top ten presenters is baffling in the extreme.
Anyhows, yesterday some bloke phoned the programme and started wailing about his thirteen year old daughter being addicted to disposable vapes. Duffy of course went into his caring mode and tut-tutted away with the odd “that’s shocking”. He positively oozed false sincerity.
This of course ignited the Great Unwashed and they started phoning in with their horror stories. A bloke came on and said he was a professional singer and that a mate of his once sparked up a vape in the same room whereupon he completely lost his voice. On another occasion he had been singing in a pub somewhere and suddenly lost his voice again. Apparently some women were vaping beside the stage and the lethal second-hand vape was of course the reason. Vaping should be banned, naturally.
Someone else phoned in and said that vaping was far worse than cigarettes because the “smoke went further down into the lungs than cigarette smoke”. They cited some friend who had gone back to smoking cigarettes because they were less dangerous. Vaping should be banned of course. None of these claims was challenged.
I stuck my head into Herself’s room and announced I was going to play Bullshit Bingo and my line was “popcorn lung”. I said I’d give them ten minutes before the line was used.
I was overly generous.
Within a minute, a woman phoned in and didn’t everyone know that vaping causes a deadly and fatal thing called Popcorn Lung?