I must say that I really enjoy how antismoking zealots are falling out with each other over e-cigs. It’s enough to go buy some popcorn and a few beers, and sit back watching the action with a big grin.
These are people who’ve all devoted their lives to attacking and demonising and excluding smokers (and now vapers), largely at public expense, and now they’re all attacking and demonising each other.
So H/T Dick Puddlecote for the latest spat, which is between one-time ASH boss (and thus antismoker) Clive Bates, and the four authors of an outraged letter to the Lancet, in response to the letter from a part-time waitress in Cornwall.
You really couldn’t make it up.
The authors of the Lancet letter complain of being “insulted”, adding:
anyone with the temerity to suggest that e-cigarettes are anything other than the game changing solution to the problem of tobacco will be subject to grossly offensive attacks, with growing evidence that these are being orchestrated.
I wonder what these grossly offensive attacks were? And who might be orchestrating them?
One recent example, a tweet directed at two of us, contained a picture of a noose with the caption “your days are numbered”.
I hunted around online to find the offending image, but as far as I could see pretty much all the pictures of these jokers already had nooses round their necks:
Not sure if I got the names right, or in the right order, but they’re all more or less interchangeable names and faces anyway. And nooses.
And they’re all professors of fuckwittery at one university or other.
Chump is a Professor of Decorative Pastry Mixes, Glans a Professor of Creative Smallmindedness, Micky a Professor of Reversing Slowly Uphill, and Daub a Professor of Competitive Napkin Folding. And they’re all big names in their fields, of course.
And that’s probably where their problem starts: they all think they’re Really Important People who must be Paid Attention, instead of the dickheads they actually are.
Of course, if anyone is orchestrating attacks on them, it must be the Tobacco Industry. After all, it’s never anything else, is it?
The best thing that could happen to them is for the whole damn lot to be fired from their universities, and most likely for those universities to be closed down too. What’s the point of having the places if this is what trickles out of them these days? It would save a lot of money.
So I certainly hope and pray that their days really are numbered.