by Dick Puddlecote
Midlands Marvels It’s more than likely that these pages will be sparse in the coming days as we Puddlecotes are on our hols. However – especially for Junican – I must report some encouraging e-cig sightings on our travels so far.
A couple with two kids vaping what looked like eGo Twists while driving a weathered red car through a safari park next to us; a woman throwing out some impressive vapour from a cig-alike at a theme park yesterday; and – most impressive of all this afternoon – a forty-something couple using tank systems in the gardens of Shakespeare’s birthplace while watching actors taking requests for favourite passages … just before we adjourned to a pub garden where, out of the six occupied tables, the tally was two with smokers, two with non-smokers and two with a combined total of four vapers. One even being advanced enough to be using a ‘mod’ which he stood on the table between puffs.
Now, I see quite a few e-cig users in and around Puddlecoteville, but the Midlands appear to be a thriving hotbed of e-cig revolution activity. Bravo!
What’s more, there was no perceivable reaction from anyone in their vicinity – it’s like e-cigs are now accepted as just another normal facet of life round here.
Hence, presumably, the recent furious drives to ban them and the accompanying lies and deceit, as reported by the Times today.
Health experts who recommended that the Government tighten the regulation of electronic cigarettes failed to declare their financial interests in Big Pharma’s rival products.
A panel of academics met twice to discuss licensing e-cigarettes before the medicines regulator decided this summer to classify them as medicines rather than as consumer products.
Against the wishes of much of the nascent e-cigarette industry, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency ruled that e-cigarettes, which contain liquid nicotine and not tobacco, do not meet safety and quality standards.
At the meetings held at the MHRA’s London headquarters in May 2011 and January this year, the chairman asked the expert panel to declare any interests. Minutes of the meeting in 2011 obtained by The Times under the Freedom of Information Act show that “no interests were declared by members”. However, some members of the panel worked as consultants for big pharmaceuticals companies and advised on nicotine.
And they try to tell us that the tobacco industry is corrupt? Sheesh.