My journey into vaping

Day 149. If at first you don’t succeed, cheat. Repeat until caught, then lie.


When I first looked at the idea of vaping as a direct replacement for smoking, I looked very carefully at which organisations were arguing against their use, and why. Today I saw this report from Public Health Wales published on the Wales NHS website. The report is about smoking amongst 11- 12 year old girls in certain areas of Wales. It mentions e cigarettes in passing. The authors of the report have strong links with pharmaceutical companies. Given the evidence here and looking at it objectively, the actual report does not support the scaremongering anti e cigarette stories it has generated. Scaremongering produced with the full support of the authors who have added fuel to the fire. Take a Pharmaceutical industry linked PR firm, generate some “statistics” and create some media hype with the same old arguments. I consider this to be the entire problem with the current arguments around e cigarette use in a nutshell. “We just don’t know enough” Yes. Yes we do. We really do. “Gateway” If there is one, it leads OUT of smoking.  Although even the most positive statistics on this get spun negatively. “Evil Big Tobacco”

“It’s been an effective public health strategy to demonise the tobacco industry in the past, but many tobacco control advocates seem be in danger of believing their own propaganda on this point.” Jonathan Fell, the former tobacco analyst at Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Deutchse Bank

The report was about SMOKING. It focused on SMOKING. The e cigarette scaremongering from the back of it is appalling. Vilifying a consumer product, which is being legally marketed and has already helped more than 700,000 adults in the UK to stop smoking lit tobacco is horrifying. Who is against e cigarettes and why? Big Pharma is Lobbying Against Electronic Cigarettes and I am not the only one who is sick of the double standards. So which is the bigger plague? E cigs helping people escape from smoking, or pharmaceutical companies and public health trying to stop them? Public Health should be unbiased arbiters, not swayed by financial links and interests. Tobacco control advocates in all aspects of public health must disclose any links and ties they have in any relevant industries if they are advising government about national strategies for electronic cigarette regulation. These ties represent a conflict of interest.

Author: B

A Mad middle aged woman who lives in the middle of nowhere, Scotland with a parrot, two Jack Russells, some koi, and a tank full of tropical fish. I have M.E. but that's really not important. I draw, paint, write, game, garden, blog and enjoy a good vape. I have three lovely grown up offspring, and 2 ex-husbands.

2 thoughts on “Day 149. If at first you don’t succeed, cheat. Repeat until caught, then lie.

  1. I’m leaving this response with a heavy heart here.
    Beki, feel free to delete it if you think there’s any danger at all it might be seen by any media nitwit who might try to make a meal of it. Speaking on Skype the other day with a fellow vaper, she was moaning about being more or less knocked off her feet by a pack of schoolkids in a local alley. She added scathingly that they weren’t looking where they were going because they were too preoccupied with the e-cig they were vaping and passing around among themselves. She lives in a town in East Sussex which is perhaps regarded as a ‘bit of a rough area’ to a certain extent. We are only talking about a cig-a-like here, but I was still pretty horrified and asked “well how on earth are they getting their hands on these?” not really expecting an answer. It gets worse – she then regaled me with the story of how she’s seen people (presumably parents) in a local supermarket where cig-a-likes are sold alongside analogues, buying them along with their own cigarettes – 40 B&H for Mum and a disposable for the kids…
    You really couldn’t make it up, could you?
    On reflection, I’m almost torn as to whether it’s even as comprehensively a ‘bad thing’ as my gut reaction told me it was or actually demonstrates a weird and twisted kind of ‘parental responsibility’. Darned if I know. Just really hoping I don’t end up hearing about sensationalised horror stories recounting similar incidents in the Daily Fail et al.


    • I know, I feel the same way. I look at it like this:

      One: We know the uptake among never smokers is low.
      Two; Not all of these anecdotes are about ecigs with nicotine in them. A fair proportion will be using 0mg stuff. A lot of the flavoured shishas are being used as me and my friends used to use breath fresh sprays; flavour and appetite suppressant without calories. Wrong in my opinion, but understandable.
      Three: They aren’t smoking lit tobacco. Without ecigs they probably would be. It’s a safer alternative.
      Four: We know that nicotine without tobacco smoke is at best only as addictive as NRT and at worst as addictive as Snus, they are unlikely to be “hooked” on an ecig.
      Five: If a parent knows that their teenager is smoking, it makes sense to get them the safer alternative. After all NRT is prescribed to 12 year olds.

      I wouldn’t want any child, teen or young adult to smoke. I wouldn’t want any of them voluntarily exposing themselves to nicotine, but if they smoked, I’d want them to switch. It is after all harm reduction. Kids will be kids, and they will experiment, but bans have done oh so much to reinforce the rebel in taking up smoking. Nanny stating about vaping would only make any potential problem worse in my opinion.


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