Friday 28 June 2019

San Francisco is broken beyond repair

Since the demise of the Islamic State, the task of over-turning the Enlightenment has fallen to California. And what a fine job it is doing in the fight against science and reason, condemning glyphosate by jury trial, putting cancer warnings on nearly everything and leading the world in thirdhand smoke research.

San Francisco is the epicentre of the Golden State's insanity. The city has recently plumbed new depths by announcing a ban on e-cigarette sales. Leaving aside the issue of personal freedom - which is irrelevant to people in the Bay Area - why would you ban the safest form of recreational nicotine device and leave the most dangerous on the shelves?

It's a question that a few people have asked and one of Stanton Glantz's cohorts, Lauren Lempert of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, has the answer. Make sure you're sitting down before you read it.

"It's a fair question to ask why there are still legal cigarettes, which may be at least as dangerous, and possibly more dangerous [than vape products]," said Lempert. 
 "May be"??? "Possibly"??! What do they teach them at the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education?
"But that doesn't mean you shouldn't at least address this immediate problem of e-cigarettes, and then if you want to move on from there and ban all tobacco products, then do that." 
Good grief. These people are fully deranged. 

The more pressing question for the city is whether it will lose any tax revenue from wiping out the vaping sector. But don't worry, they've looked into it...

Ted Egan, the city’s chief economist, said his office reviewed the legislation and found it would not have a material impact on the San Francisco economy because the money spent on vaping products would continue to be spent in the city on other nicotine products like cigarettes.
That's alright then!
Meanwhile, the guy who led the moral panic about vaping as commissioner of the FDA has just joined one of the world's leading manufacturers of pharmaceutical nicotine products. What a small world.

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