The BMA today proved themselves more idiotic than I thought possible. Apparently the fact that bubblegum flavours exists in vaping products is evidence that ordinary vapers – like me – “want a new generation addicted to nicotine.” Because of course nicotine, separate from tobacco smoke, is so highly addictive that it has never been proven to cause addiction when used to treat disease. I must have taken a wrong turn in that statement somewhere. Perhaps the BMA have new evidence on the addictiveness of nicotine when removed from tobacco smoke, because they would need it in order to back up their statement that “Nicotine is very addictive” without qualifiers. This is the same nicotine that N.I.C.E have approved for long term use in NRT, and that is being prescribed for that purpose by GPs in the UK. It isn’t magically clean of taint when in NRT, and dirty in e cigarettes. Best friend just said “These are the so – called intelligentsia, the ones we’re supposed to look up to? I wish someone would let the intelligent ones out of the cupboard along with that one honest banker.”
This more than anything is proof that the BMA are not looking at the evidence base at all. If they were they would have found Clive Bates’ excellent discussion on the gateway, which was ignored when I tweeted them the link. They would also have found Dr Farsalinos’ research into why adult vapers like flavours and why they’re important. They are trying to promote legislation against a bottom-up solution to a problem which the top-down, finger wagging, puritanical, ideology driven, quit or die establishment has failed miserably to solve, because it’s too busy lining its pockets off the back of the misery of smoker’s quit attempts. The medical establishment in the UK is utterly blinkered to reality. The tweets sent out by @TheBMA on the subject of Ecigs are unprofessional, and are not supported by evidence.
I’m heartily sick of this nonsense. Ecigs are not being marketed at children. The existence of flavours is not proof that those products are being marketed to children. The target market for these flavours are adult vapers. I would like to see one solid piece of evidence that any e cigarette manufacturer is marketing directly to children. Just one will do. I have time.
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