Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Where Half truths misinform

This is my starting point, the above comes from the Explanatory Memorandum justifying the Welsh Government proposed Bill to ban the use of e-cigarettes from all enclosed spaces  http://www.assembly.wales/laid%20documents/pri-ld10224-em/pri-ld10224-em-e.pdf  , I will highlight the 3 linked sources contained 

199:- http://ecigintelligence.com/

The last of the 3 links provided in the justification could be described as literally misleading (199)

The factors mentioned in the document ie over- saturation and age of sale restriction may well have played a part in the dramatic reduction of the e-cigarette market but ignores the role of a relentless negative campaign towards e-cigs that exists in Spain mirrored in the media.

One particularly high profile lipoid pneumonia scare story attracted enormous press attention, and even though the offending doctor was successfully challenged in court that was not deemed newsworthy. Two excellent blogs explain this in far more detail http://www.e-volutas.com/2014/01/expediente-l-la-falsa-neumonia-lipoidea.html , http://vaporyciencia.com/sobre-el-glicerol-y-la-pretendida-neumonia-lipoidea/

The afor mentioned ecigintelligence eludes to this here http://ecigintelligence.com/a-tale-of-two-tank-markets-success-in-u-s-woes-in-spain/

Propaganda is clearly rife in Spain, the observation that 'repeat a lie often enough until it becomes the truth' seems very appropriate here, and by implication the Welsh Government who cherry picked its 'evidence' to justify its proposals

The real scale of the reduction in e-cigarette use in Spain is a 90% reduction in retailers and 80% of consumers since early 2014, this is an unfolding tragedy of monumental proportion.

Yet the WHO on advice from local tobacco controllers estimate an 8% reduction in smoking rates from 29-21% in the upcoming 10 years http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/156262/1/9789241564922_eng.pdf?ua=1, without THR products this seems an overly optimistic estimate.

Once again I encourage readers to visit here  http://jester-midnightmusings.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/hscc-issues-call-for-evidence.html,which is an excellent explanatory blog from Simon Thurlow for actions that Vendors and Consumers should read and act upon.