Sunday, 12 January 2014

The Mail and e-cigarettes

The Mail on Sunday asks a sensible question:

Now doctors say e-cigarettes do help you quit - and could save millions of lives... so why are petty bureaucrats intent on banning them from public places?
Gee, I don't know. Maybe "petty bureaucrats" have been reading the Mail on Sunday and the Daily Mail?

3 September 2012
Electronic cigarettes 'could damage your lungs' as they cause less oxygen to be absorbed by the blood

30 December 2012
Electronic cigarettes 'DON'T help fight addiction and cause harm to health'

27 January 2013 
E-cigarettes 'can cause more harm than smoking', experts say (click on the link to read a classic Mail on Sunday apology)

26 August 2013
E-cigarettes contain chemicals that make some 'as harmful as normal tobacco'

6 September 2013
E-cigarette use by teenagers DOUBLES in a year as kids get hooked on 'safer' smoking

11 October 2013
New fears as wave of smokers are now using E-cigarettes to smoke marijuana in public

21 October 2013
Restaurants' dilemma as diners annoy non-smokers by firing up e-cigarettes at the table

27 November 2013
Children being encouraged to smoke e-cigarettes by 'celebrity culture and excessive online advertising'

After two years of scare-mongering, today's article suggests that the Mail newspapers may be coming to their senses. It ends by quoting a GP who says: "While doctors recognise the size of the health gain, most don't know a lot about them." To which, the Mail on Sunday adds:

One can only hope the policy-makers are quicker to catch up.

Quite so. Let's hope this isn't only a temporary conversion and that the Mail directs its endless anger towards the enemies of e-cigarettes from now on.

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