“This idea that it renormalises smoking is absolute bullshit” Deborah Arnott, ASH
Whatever your opinion of the blunt language used, it does make the point that I and many others have been making for a long time. The act of not smoking normalises not smoking. It’s blindingly obvious to anyone who has half a braincell. Those who are so blind they will not see the truth are still accusing us ordinary (and some extraordinary) vapers of being shills and paid lobbyists, with the inference that we’re lying. I can only speak for myself; I have never been paid for vaping advocacy either in kind or with money. I am simply a member of the public, that portion of society who public health is said to serve, and I am telling my story openly and honestly.
It’s about a year and a half since I last smoked tobacco. I am smokefree – if you tested my breath with a CO detector it would register me as a non-smoker. What I can’t get my head around is the way this simple truth is destorted to make me look like a liar. How can I convince Mrs Best Friend to switch to vaping when she reads the scare stories in the press and even her practice nurse has told her that she’s better off sticking with the ciggies? I hear this story so often. I really love this woman, she’s like a second mum to me. She’ll drop everything to come and help me when I need her, yet I hear the wheeze in her breath and the cough she denies having. She sounds like I did a year and a half ago and it breaks my heart. That story is repeated with two more of my friends – these three are long term smokers. They need to see more of us out in the wild vaping and enjoying it and not being put off by politics and scaremongering. Public opinion needs to be swayed, not for any nefarious purpose, but for this one reason; vaping saves lives. Three lives in my own circle of friends, at least another one I can think of. Multiply that up and down the country. Real people, real lives. Enough of the bullshit.
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