Good news from Michael Siegel:
New data reported by Clive Bates and presented in Joe Nocera’s New York Times column about electronic cigarettes reveal that there has been a major change in the public’s appreciation of the severe hazards of smoking in the past three years:
According to these sources, in 2010, 80% of the public believed that smoking was more hazardous than using non-tobacco-containing, non-combustible electronic cigarettes.
However, in 2013, only 60% of the public believed that smoking was more hazardous than using non-tobacco-containing, non-combustible electronic cigarettes.
This is bad news for public health, as it indicates that within three years, the public’s appreciation of the severe hazards of smoking has been undermined. Twenty percent of the public has been convinced that smoking is no more hazardous than inhaling aerosol from a device which involves no combustion and contains no tobacco.
For the past three years, the mainstream anti-smoking groups, as well as federal agencies including the FDA and the CDC, have been disseminating the message that electronic cigarette use is harmful and they have largely hidden from the public the fact that vaping is much safer than smoking.
I’m not surprised – but for a different reason than Siegel. He thinks it’s bad news; I think it’s good news. For I think that a lot of people have started to realise that Tobacco Control just makes stuff up. The speed at which vaping has been demonised, with near-zero research having been done, has probably alerted many people to the fact that Tobacco Control simply doesn’t want people putting tubes in their mouths and inhaling through them, regardless of what they might contain. They can’t stand cigarettes, or anything that looks like cigarettes. And as people understand this, they start to realise that the War on Smoking (and of course the War on Vaping) have no rational basis whatever. And that it’s all been one huge fraud.
Smokers and the morbidly obese in Devon will be denied routine surgery unless they quit smoking or lose weight.
Patients with a BMI of 35 or above will have to shed 5% of their weight while smokers will have to quit eight weeks before surgery.
The NHS in Devon has a £14.5m deficit and says the cuts are needed to help it meet waiting list targets.
They’ll be adding drinkers too, no doubt. But think of all the possibilities of who else might arbitrarily be denied surgery!
Why not clumsy people with big feet? Or tall people? Or UKIP voters?
Best of all, why not rule out sick people? So that only healthy people will be allowed into hospitals? That would cut the waiting lists!
And when you light up on NYC streets, people try to bum cigarettes off you. I think Walt may have mentioned this.
I’m glad that some New Yorkers are still enraged about the ban:
“The fact that I have to be outside to begin with is so enraging,” said Fran Lebowitz, New York’s resident kvetch and perhaps the city’s most prominent smoker, “that I don’t have much ire left if someone asks me for a cigarette.”
And why doesn’t Audrey Silk encourage smoking?