Letter to Theresa May

Earlier this evening, I was in the Smoky Drinky Bar, which was quite busy at the time. Among those present was VapingPoint Liz (aka the Last Furlong). After I’d read out something I’d been reading today, she asked if she could read out a letter she’d written to Theresa May earlier this year, to which she hadn’t yet had a reply, in part because other events intervened, including a General Election.

As I listened to her reading it out, I wished I was recording it on video (I will only record the Smoky Drinky Bar with the prior consent of those present in it). And when she’d finished I asked if she could read it out again, for me to record, and publish on my blog (and also in the Smoky Drinky Blog). Liz readily agreed, but said she could record it herself, and send me the link. She did that an hour or two later.

So here’s her re-recorded letter to Theresa May:

I usually post new stuff on my blog at around midday. But on this occasion I decided to put it straight up on my blog at 11 pm.

I hope some other bloggers publish this video. I hope it goes viral. She’s asking questions of our Prime Minister that really need to be answered, questions about the way smokers are being treated. They’re questions that never get asked in the mainstream media, or on the BBC. It’s only via the internet and YouTube that people like Liz can get their voices heard.

Maybe one day she’ll even get a reply from Theresa May.

P.S. Liz’s letter and video are also published on her own blog.

P.P.S. Today (Saturday) Emily and I are going to try to record a bit of the Smoky Drinky Bar at 7 pm UK time. If you don’t want to appear on video, stay away. I’ll be locking the bar during the recording. Liz won’t be there: she’d celebrating her 41st wedding anniversary.


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43 Responses to Letter to Theresa May

  1. Roobeedoo2 says:

    Wow! Feels like Christmas :D

  2. Torquaymada says:

    Very good.

    Outstanding in fact.

    Similar missive going from me to my MP (Con) tout de suite!

  3. Clicky says:

  4. Smoking Lamp says:

    A copy should be emailed to every MP and to the PM herself.

  5. AMP says:

    First time comment although I have followed both yourself and Liz for some years now and this just had to be applauded.
    I think this video is more powerful than the letter, excellent as it is, would have been. It’s one of the most powerful appeals against creeping authoritarianism I’ve ever seen and I sincerely hope it gets a wide distribution.
    Thank you Liz

  6. Lepercolonist says:

    I loved that letter, VapingPoint Liz. Beautiful summation.

  7. Joe L. says:

    Excellent letter, Liz! Thank you for sharing it with us. Hopefully this video makes its way to Theresa May’s desk. As a public servant, Ms. May should feel compelled to not only answer your questions with a personal letter, but also with a video response, so that the millions of UK smokers may also receive answers to the questions you’ve now publicly asked on their behalf.

  8. Actually Frank, I DID get a reply. It said that under the current circumstances – the Terrorist attack in Manchester and the election, Mrs May herself hadn’t seen my letter – but that it would be given her. Thanks for posting this!

  9. Rose says:

    A very good and heartfelt letter, Happy Anniversary.

  10. waltc says:

    Testing. Just want to see if I can post here bec suddenly I can’t comment on any fb posts. Soon as I tap the comment bar, all comments disappear. Only way to get them to reappear is to hit Like but then, same thing if I try to comment. Tried rebooting but problem persists. So far this post seems to be taking so… Anyone had this problem? Know a cure?

  11. Vlad says:

    Glad to hear Liz touched upon the nocebo effect of medical porn. Beyond this, it is insulting and patronizing beyond words to spend for instance hundreds of ££ on a box of cigars and receive it covered in medical porn. And all this so that children(TM) who can’t legally buy tobacco products anyway aren’t tempted, right?

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  13. Torquaymada says:

    Manifesto says ‘Private businesses may (at their own discretion) offer smoking and/or non-smoking facilities’.

    Result? 20% of the vote.

  14. Torquaymada says:

    Maybe I’m being cynical but The Politicians are always partial to a minority if there’s something in it for them.

    Bit naive me.

  15. slugbop007 says:

    Soon the Puritan Health Nazis will be clamoring for lurid packaging on all alcoholic beverages and, eventually, for chocolates, candies and sweets. What a world that will be.


  16. beobrigitte says:

    I will be repeating myself when I say that the letter is brilliant.
    Liz, thank you very, very much. You see, I’m very well on the road to become a lonely, isolated old person simply by my date of birth and overactive ?megalomany/inferiority complex sufferers who slimed their way into politics.

  17. Torquaymada says:

    Something is happening here.

    I feel it.

  18. jaxthefirst says:

    Wonderful letter – much more calmly (and concisely!) put than I could ever do. Perhaps we should all steal it and send one to our own MPs (with Liz’s permission, of course!)

    Completely OT, though, there was a call-in show on the radio today about the huge rise in the number of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Now, some of the increase is no doubt due to better awareness and greater number of people seeking medical assistance, but the increase was massive in medical terms – about a 50% increase in the last five years. It rang a little bell with me in that I think some research some while ago (swiftly buried, of course) indicated that people who smoked had a significantly lower chance of developing this most cruel of diseases than those who didn’t, and it was notable that pretty much all of the callers ringing about their relatives who had Alzheimer’s all described them as, health-wise, pretty much paragons of virtue – no smoking, only occasional drinking, very active, etc etc. Most pertinent of all was a man of Greek parentage whose mother had died from the disease after suffering with it for over a decade. Yet he described his father (who became her carer in her latter years), as “a typical Greek man – lots of drinking and smoking all his life.” Needless to say, this big elephant in the room was always conveniently skirted around – both the callers and the presenter were either too scared to mention it (ooh, the heresy!), or too brainwashed and dense to make the connection.

    • waltc says:

      Not near my files now so can’t provide links but… while a few studies have tried (desperately) to prove that smoking causes dementia, most have shown the opposite — preventive–and others have shown empirically that nicotine can be useful in delaying or somewhat reversing the progress of Alzheimer’s in those who already have it. A researcher named Newhouse has been showing this for decades, iirc, that nicotine protects the brain as shown, not only in human behavior, but physically in the dissected brains of mice. Google his name along with nicotine (or Alzheimers + nicotine) and I bet you’ll find a goldmine

      And let me belatedly nominate Liz as the world’s best possible spokesman for our position.

    • while a few studies have tried (desperately) to prove that smoking causes dementia”

      But it appears those are the ones displayed most prominently in most internet search results, and that the ‘elephant in the room’ has been safely buried alive at the behest of Tob Control, and not only in the MSM… I googled the search terms: “smoking + alzheimer”, adding the name “molimard”, expecting to readily find some of Prof. Molimard’s articles on the benefits of tobacco. Well I didn’t, at least not on the first results page, but was faced instead with these types of statements:

      • Papers by people with links to the tobacco industry play down the risks of Alzheimer’s associated with smoking.

      • Smoking Is a Major Factor in Alzheimer’s Disease – Dr. Mercola
      Recent report shows that 14 percent of all Alzheimer’s diseases worldwide may be attributed to smoking.

      • Smoking Linked to Alzheimer’s and Dementia:
      People who are heavy smokers in their midlife years are more than doubling their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease

      • According to the World Alzheimer Report in 2014, smoking, high blood pressure and unmanaged diabetes are some of the key risk factors for developing dementia in later life.

      • nisakiman says:

        Google is heavily biased towards the anti-smoking narrative. Any search on the subject will normally throw up page upon page of anti-smoking propaganda before you start to find the odd result that doesn’t parrot the party line. Bing and DuckDuckGo, although still throwing up predominantly anti stuff, are a lot less predictable on that level, and you’ll find what you’re looking for a lot more easily.

      • Vlad says:

        How ironic that Ben Goldacre, who likes to be seen as a fighter against bad science in the medical field, fails to spot the Everest of bad/perverted science that anti-smoking industry is.

        • Tony says:

          I’m not sure if Ben Goldacre’s position can really be described as ‘ironic’. My impression is that he is a cheerleader for the anti-smoking and global warming cults. One of the BBC’s principle pet experts.

          I think the anti-smokers have been working hard in recent years to hide real information from search engines by swamping them with their repetitive propaganda. I’m sure that a few years ago, a Google search for ‘passiv rauchen’ would throw up the nazi origin of the phrase straight away but I tried recently and there were pages of propaganda to wade through to find it.

        • beobrigitte says:

          I think the anti-smokers have been working hard in recent years to hide real information from search engines by swamping them with their repetitive propaganda.
          Not too long ago I was searching for the old Dritte Reich anti-smoker propaganda to make a point of it’s-all-been-used-before.
          Guess what, they have disappeared. What a surprise.

    • Rose says:

      These studies all dance around nicotine using various names, of which there are many.
      “Vitamin B3 is one of 8 B vitamins. It is also known as niacin (nicotinic acid) and has 2 other forms, niacinamide (nicotinamide)” They missed out vitamin PP (Pellagra Preventing) which is almost as old as nicotinic acid, first discovered by the oxidization of nicotine, that time with acid not by fire.

      Cotinine which is nicotine spelt backwards, I have never understood.

      Alzheimer’s Symptoms, Lesions Reduced By Vitamin B3

      “Nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3, lowered levels of a protein called phosphorylated tau that leads to the development of tangles, one of two brain lesions associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The vitamin also strengthened scaffolding along which information travels in brain cells, helping to keep neurons alive and further preventing symptoms in mice genetically wired to develop Alzheimer’s”

      Nicotinamide Restores Cognition in Alzheimer’s Disease Transgenic Mice via a Mechanism Involving Sirtuin Inhibition and Selective Reduction of Thr231-Phosphotau

      Nicotine ‘reduces Alzheimer’s symptoms’ – 2003

      “A by-product of nicotine may help prevent the plaques linked to Alzheimer’s disease from forming. But the by-product itself is toxic, so researchers are hoping to produce an artificial version to help patients.

      Experts stress people should not smoke in order to protect themselves against the disease.

      In Alzheimer’s, plaques made up of amyloid beta protein form in the brain.
      Researchers from the Scripps Research Institute in California, US, looked at nornicotine, which is produced as nicotine is broken down by the body.”

      “In tests, the presence of nornicotine and glucose alongside amyloid beta proteins appeared to prevent the formation of plaques.

      The researchers, led by Tobin Dickinson, write in the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: “Nicotine and nornicotine treatments are intriguing and potentially valuable treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.”
      http: //news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2994304.stm

      Nicotine Could Play Role in Alzheimer’s Disease Therapy, Neuroscientists Discover

      “A team of neuroscientists has discovered important new information in the search for an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, the debilitating neurological disorder that afflicts more than 5.3 million Americans and is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Hey-Kyoung Lee, associate professor in the University of Maryland Department of Biology, and her research team have shown that they may be able to eliminate debilitating side effects caused by a promising Alzheimer’s drug by stimulating the brain’s nicotine receptors.”
      http: //www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101013095331.htm

      Nicotine Metabolite May Improve Memory, Protect Against Disease

      “Cotinine, the primary breakdown product (metabolite) of nicotine, shows promise for improving memory and for protecting brain cells from diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s ”

      “The researchers also studied cotinine’s effect on neuron-like cells in culture. They used a model in which growth factor is taken away from the cells so that they start to die, just as they do in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
      “We were surprised to find that cotinine was as effective as nicotine at preventing cell death,” says Buccafusco.”
      http: //www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/11/031112072839.htm

      https: //www.industrydocumentslibrary.ucsf.edu/docs/#id=trnn0096

      If Frank would be kind enough to fix the links.

      • Rose says:

        Where the confusion started as explained by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

        March 7, 1942

        “A poor name is a handicap to the promotion of a meritorious product. The name “nicotinic acid” for the vitamin so important in the prevention of pellagra has been doubly unfortunate.”

        “To the general public the word “nicotinic” implies too strongly the relationship of this vitamin to nicotine, the chief alkaloid of tobacco often used as an insecticide. The term “acid” denotes a corrosive substance such as the liquid used in automobile storage batteries.
        The vitamin called “nicotinic acid” was first produced in the laboratory in 1867 by the oxidation of nicotine with potassium chromate and sulfuric acid. Later the compound was named nicotinic acid because it had been made from nicotine and it had the ability to form salts. As a laboratory curiosity, which it remained for over seventy years, nicotinic acid was adequately named.

        From the point of view of those interested in furthering the distribution of foods enriched with this dietary essential the name has proved unsuitable.””

        Nicotinic acid – 1941 (p.2)
        “We find that the smoke from ordinary Ripple cigarettes contains the anti-pellagra vitamin or nicotinic acid in fairly substantial amounts. However, the quantity is probably too low for a man to rely upon this source alone for his nicotinic acid requirement. At least to do so he would find it necessary to smoke an unreasonable number”
        “You will recall that in our letter of March 11th we doubted that vitamins could be absorbed from tobacco smoke by the throat and lung tissues. However, we have now found that nicotinic acid is disolved in the saliva of the smoker when smoking ordinary cigarettes, and even in greater amounts when smoking cigarettes made from the enriched tobacco. Thus, the vitamin does not have to be absorbed thru the lungs, but will be swallowed in the approved manner. These conclusions are based on actual analysis of saliva, collected from a smoker while smoking.
        “In other words, we analyzed the saliva, which would have otherwise been swallowed. No Nicotinic Acid occurred in the smoker’s saliva before smoking. We feel that we have made this report sufficiently long to cover the discoveries, which we regard as quite remarkable”

  19. Nice! “medical porn”, “nocebo” love it.

  20. Smoking Lamp says:

    So tobacco control lied about prison smoking bans… See “Inmates are rioting over a new smoking ban in prisons” Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2017/07/16/inmates-are-rioting-over-a-new-smoking-ban-in-prisons-6770389/#ixzz4myZGWoZr

    • Joe L. says:

      What hasn’t Tobacco Control lied about?

      This is disgusting. Prison smoking bans are a contrived method of claiming “success” on their road to prohibition. Prisoners have nowhere to go; they have no escape from the totalitarianism, and no real assistance from the outside world. They will eventually be forced to comply.

      There have been and will continue to be riots. TC only hopes to keep them out of the media as much as possible and downplay them whenever they happen to make news. Once they have forced all prisons to be completely tobacco-free and any newsworthy riots like this one are forgotten about, they will gloat in their “accomplishment” as “proof” that people “willingly choose” to give up tobacco. The pattern of lies is clear and predictable. Tobacco Control must be stopped, pushed back and destroyed. We need a stronger resistance, and we need it now.

    • Tony says:

      I think this is a another for your graveyard Frank although it may be more of an e-cig story. I haven’t read the whole article as I don’t wish to register.

      Inmate at Exeter jail ‘killed himself over cigarette ban https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/inmate-at-exeter-jail-killed-himself-over-cigarette-ban-qxdnr2pn9?platform=hootsuite

  21. Vlad says:

    The thinking man, as a rule, is a smoker….cool ad line

  22. Tony says:

    That’s a superb letter and video Liz. Thanks.
    Echoing what Vlad said, I think the nocebo effect is particularly important so I’m glad you brought it up.

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