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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Submit your questions to Hon Lik

I got an email from Blu. I point out Blu is a product of the hated Big Tobacco. I find it SO astonishing how any Big Tobacco company making e cigs gets pilloried by vapers saying silly things like "I don't want anything to do with Big Tobacco." and such like, when they were their customers for all their smoking years. I feel no animosity towards them. Promoting vaping is a good thing, however it happens.

I smoked Big Tobacco's Rothmans - and loved them.  It was only when I arrived in England twenty years ago, that I realised that Rothmans in the UK, were terrible compared to a proper cigarette that I used in Africa. This was not the fault of Big Tobacco, but the fault of Tobacco Control screaming for low nicotine cigarettes. In England, my Rothman's were completely non satisfying and they burnt down so quickly, I often smoked two to get any pleasure from them.

A good old fashioned cigarette, without interference, was a very satisfying experience.

"Lite" cigarettes are killing machines - its the SMOKE that harms, not the nicotine. Tobacco Control are still demanding low nicotine cigarettes in the European Union, which shows how daft the whole thing is. They have already re-sculpted society to brainwashed robots that repeat their creed and believe implicitly every guestimate and twististic that they produce.

Their machinations are quite as vile as any Big Tobacco thought up.

So I wrote a blog called Big Tobacco, friend or foe to vapers?  My rating dropped immediately!

Big Tobacco are making e cigs - so they have an unfair advantage over small manufacturers? Yes. Big Tobacco are trying to keep up with the new technology that might threaten their cigarette sales? Yes. Big Tobacco are plotting with Tobacco Control and Big Pharma to stop the growth of vaping to keep selling Tobacco which is profitable to them all. I don't know about that. But Tobacco Control and Big Pharma are definately in cahoots! How evil is that?

So, if you are still reading this! I got a letter from Blu

Hi Liz,
My name is Sean and I work for blu. I am contacting you today with an exciting opportunity for you and your readers.
blu will be holding an exclusive Q&A Session with Hon Lik, the inventor of the technology behind nearly all modern e-cigarettes and vapes. But there's a twist! We at blu reckon the Vaping Community has some burning questions they want to ask Hon Lik, so we're giving you the chance to ask them.
If you would like to submit a question visit the Hon Lik Interview page<>, fill in your details along with your question, and hit submit.
We'll get in touch with anyone whose question is asked, and even if it isn't, we will let you know when the interview is ready so you can share it with your readers.
Questions should be submitted by 14th June.
many thanks
 I have a question to Hon Lik. And it is this - "Do you still approve of Tobacco Control, given that they are turning out to be vapers' worst enemies?"

Please feel free to submit your own questions.....

Friday, 13 May 2016

The demon tobacco

I, personally, smoked for fifty years. I am one of the 50% of smokers that managed to escape the harms of the demon. The other group of smokers that can escape the harms of tobacco, are those that stop smoking before the age of 35. Like my husband, for instance.

Strangely, except for my father in-law, I have no experience of people in my orbit, that have developed any debilitating harm from smoking. My father in-law was a heavy drinker and smoker. He suddenly developed pains in his chest at the age of 75, and was admitted to hospital where he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He was dead in a week.

But not before he'd pinched the nurses bottoms and eaten loads of jelly and ice cream. He seemed to snuff it quite quickly, with no struggle for breath, and certainly no long drawn out suffering. But I suspect his lung cancer, being completely untreated from the time it started, had spread everywhere and he fell apart pretty quickly.

I DO know people, old people, who have escaped the harm that smoking does to some people.

But I completely accept that SOME people cannot smoke. It is their destructive demon.

Why can some people smoke and escape debilitating harms, and others are so badly affected? Suggestions are, that some people have a susceptible genetic make-up.

I have always thought of "our family" - I had five children, as being free from the allergy syndrome. Despite growing up in a smoking house, in the days when everyone smoked everywhere, none of them smoke and they seem to be strong and healthy. But our second to last granddaughter, had a terrible time with allergies from six months into her little life. I don't know where that came from - it just genetically appeared! Poor thing has had a dreadful time, and is one of the millions of people who are cursed with extra sensitivity to chemicals in our environment.

The first report put out by The World Health Organisation on Second Hand Smoke, found that children brought up in environments where there was SHS, were less allergy prone and less prone to asthma. And there are suggestions nowadays that too much cleanliness is one of the causes of the rise in allergies, or the greater use of chemicals in every product we use - chemical pollution in our homes.

I don't know the answer, but our daughter has got the situation more under control by huge effort on her part. And without drugs.

So back to the smokers who are felled by the habit of smoking. It is no good believing, like I did, that our family had anti-allergy genes, that if no one in your family has developed debilitating illness, or death,  from smoking, it will not happen to you. Science does not really know what genes you need to not be affected by demon tobacco, or what makes some succumb, while others don't.

Smoking IS like playing Russian Roulette because we cannot tell if there is a bullet in the chamber or not.

Yet smoking is such a pleasurable activity it is very hard to stop. Smoking can be celebratory, comforting, calming or stimulating. People use smoking for all sorts of life improving reasons. It's a life enhancer to smokers. Giving it up can induce grief for something lost. No nicotine patch or gum can give that back to anyone. I know of people who have fallen into depression, and even become ill, after giving up smoking.

It's like the death of a loved one.

As the ideas of the anti-smoking brigade using abuse against smokers, like name calling, segregation, banning and prohibition, moved into MY life, I decided I would fight it. It seems to me that education is the key to all the world's ills. Education is the key. Education ONLY is the key. Smokers armed with knowledge are empowered to make their own minds up about whether they wished to play Russian Roulette or not.  I do not believe that smokers are a mindless bunch of zombies lining up for their nicotine fix. I do not believe that smokers are only poor people, mentally ill, ignorant or uneducated people and so need to be forced to stop the filthy habit that enhances their lives. Or taxed criminally for doing so.

I view Tobacco Control and it's puppet, Public Health, and all their activities as being a truly evil thing. Its propaganda has been offensive to say the least. It has twisted science, bribed science, hidden science, spread untruth and lies and re-sculpted society to it's own ends. It muzzles any discussion on smoking or any protest by smokers. It has made them powerless.

Smokers, except for one or two voices crying in the wilderness, have been completely silenced. Even the media have been got at. It's shameful.

The deepness of Tobacco Control and Public Health's deviousness, has been exposed by the new kid on the block - vaping. How they have manipulated information about vaping and twisted the science has been an eye-opener to many people, who once viewed Tobacco Control and Public Health as truthful and righteous. The scales fall from your eyes as you realise how they have done the same about smoking, with no regard for smokers.

The United Kingdom has to accept the new Tobacco Control Directive constructed by the European Union, but favouring vaping, they might try to mitigate it's impact on vaping. Nothing like that, that I know of is happening in other EU countries. But in the UK, Parliament seems quite content with the Tobacco Control Directive as it stands about smoking and smokers. It really is a disgusting, totalitarian document which is simply accepted as somehow being "good".  It's a truly evil thing in reality.

I wish smokers would rebel! I wish smokers were as activist as us vapers are! But how CAN they be? They have been silenced, muzzled, disembowelled!

Vaping, being "new", has an advantage. We are passionate about it. We meet in large groups, we psyche ourselves up for battle with demon Tobacco Control, that dared to include Article 20 into The Tobacco Control Directive, even though vaping is not smoking.

In other countries vaping has been banned - completely - in the USA, vaping might get worse treatment and be more severely restricted than Article 20 will do to us here in the UK.

Smokers have been silenced through no fault of their own, but by design. That hasn't happened to Vapers yet. We are not throwing smokers under the bus - they have already been thrown there. The righteousness that vapers have got, is that vaping is a REALLY GOOD substitute for smoking. And no one can deny that if people vaped rather than smoked, no one has to play Russian Roulette.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

The Global Nicotine Forum - an inconvenient truth

Here is the Programme  being discussed at The Global Nicotine Forum that is happening in Warsaw in June 2016

The only talk that would interest ME is on the last day. "Are vaping advocates throwing smokers under the bus by making alliances with public health? Luc Van Daele (EVUN, Belgium)"

In my cynical way, I would assume that after a whole conference of all sorts of academics and public health employees offering their nuggets to a crowd of like minded people, the answer will be "no".

I note that the whole conference is REALLY about stopping people smoking,

Surely a The Global Nicotine Forum, should have some representative from smokers? A smoker's representative with an armoury of evidence could have much to say about how NICOTINE now has to have a Global Nicotine Forum because nicotine was the ingredient demonised by The Tobacco Control Industry as being THE thing that caused all of a smoker's ills, including their addiction. More or less the whole world repeats the myth, like parrots in a zoo.

So The Global Nicotine Forum is discussing how to get nicotine to the world, without a smoker attached!

The quickest way to use nicotine as a recreational "drug", is to smoke.

Tobacco Control and Public Health did a really poor job of making smoking safer for smokers. Instead of wasting their money on the science of safer smoking, (like using proper natural tobacco for instance or inventing an electronic device) they have used billions to construct a society that believes nicotine causes cancer, that smoker's lungs are black with tar, and that Second Hand Smoke will strike people down at a whiff. And that smokers are disgusting prey that can be hunted down, with taxes, bans, and eventually, extinction.

The Global Nicotine Forum is about ways to hunt and kill smokers. Most - or all - of the speakers are experts in that.

Yesterday I felt really cross that vapers might have "frightened" delegates last year, with "fog banks" of vapour. This is the time we should be really well mannered EVERYWHERE, I felt, because we are being judged.

It's judgement time for vapers.

Smokers have already been judged.

Last year, delegates didn't like "the fog banks" they had to endure, especially in smaller sessions, But, it turns out that reliable witnesses who were AT The Global Nicotine Forum last year, say there was NO "fog bank" last year.

But this year The Global Nicotine Forum is setting rules for vaping.

So, my cynical self, thinks that due to the mind-set of most - if not all - the delegates of the conference, being that of Tobacco Control - the group that intends to extinguish smokers completely, worldwide, by any means possible, it doesn't seem so surprising that vapers are being given tokens of permissions to practise their habit of vaping.

I am sure that vaping is becoming an inconvenient truth.
You are free to vape in the networking and public areas, but please be discreet and considerate.
Use low powered devices as it helps to keep the amount of vapour created to a minimum.
If you want to blow clouds there will be a terrace available on the same floor as the conference takes place, or please go outside the venue."

And us vapers will say "Yes Sir" just like smokers did before us.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

I can't help feeling cross about clouding - its sad

Why are people in general so hell-bent on being brainless?

It seems to me, those who push boundaries spoil things for other people.

Take TG - gender alteration. Why do some HAVE to look like Barbie dolls, with massive boobs, pouting lips, wasp waists, or have jaw reconstruction and six pack implants and all the sexual trappings that are only available if you have a lot of money. The outer image, is not what ordinary men and women look like. The outer image is a manufactured fake - an illusion of something that makes gender "choice" look like some cartoon thing that ordinary people cannot easily accept. And ordinary people can't afford. Gender alteration for a real, ordinary person who requires it, gets a bad reputation because of those who have become clowns.

Take drones. Recreational drones are being used by brainless, selfish people to fly in places that makes them dangerous. They are not dangerous unless the people driving them are fools. If everyone flying drones or quad copters did it responsibly, the flurry of new legislation that recreational drone hobbyists are going to have constricting them, wouldn't be required. But it will come because of the fools.

Take vaping. Most vapers exhale very little vapour. Smokers switching to vaping, for instance, are the ones who are particularly cautious about exhaling vapour. Its "surprising" in the beginning. It is satisfying to see it. With more confidence, comes more vapour. But on ordinary devices that ordinary vapours use, the total amount released in a breath is hardly enough to fog up a room. It's the clowns of vaping - the clouders - that are making vaping as absurd as big boobs, wasp waists, collagen six-packs. The outer image, is not how ordinary men and women vape. The outer image of clouding is a manufactured fake - an illusion of something that looks like a cartoon thing that ordinary people cannot easily accept. Clouders are like irresponsible recreational quad copters, flying in dangerous spaces.

I feel really cross with them. THEY are not representative of vapers. They are the ones who could topple vaping, the silly ones, pushing boundaries and messing up the reputation of ordinary vapers, who are using ordinary devices.

Vaper-friendly conference restricts and even prohibits vaping to appease "non-vaping delegates"
 - that some non-vaping delegates last year felt that they were 'trapped' with the vapour, which they found unpleasant and distracting, particularly in the plenary and parallel sessions where there are a lot of people packed into a relatively small space;
- that the Polish government are pushing for indoor usage restrictions - there may be regulators present and we would like them to leave with a positive view of vaping and vapers, and indeed of the conference;
- that since last year the majority of experienced vapers have switched to high powered devices and sub-ohming, which is fine for vape meets but not so good in the conference venue where it tends to create a rather disconcerting fog bank for those who are not used to it.
This year, vaping during the Global Forum on Nicotine in Warsaw next monthis banned because of the "fog bank" of last year. I'd like to know WHO made a "fog bank" last year? It's not funny. It's not necessary. It should never have happened. It's truly sad.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

RIP The Golden Age

I am going through what might be called "the long dark night of the soul". The world seems insane to me.

But then, I'm seventy one. I've lived through a Golden Age.

Some things have altered for the better.

Some have become worse.

It seems to me, the more our standard of living has raised in the West, the more disgruntled we have become. The more laws that are passed, the more we demand. The more medical science tells us its findings are "evidence based", the more evidence we expect. The less Religion there is, the more we fall into a victim mentality - society owes us. The more pornography is available, the less we find commitment in relationships. Feminism is bent on destroying men and trashing women, the home, children, gender and God Knows What Else. Governments are struggling to keep pace with the Internet/Media savvy masses who are all victims of something and who cry out for their rights. And everyone is unsure what to believe about anything any more because the strings that pull on the puppets are suddenly visible.

And we are more frightened of death than we have ever been.

I think I lived through a Golden Age and feel really privileged to have done so.

It wasn't wonderful - but somehow, it seemed less restricted - more free - even though in many ways it wasn't.

We had no household car until I was well into my teens. And then it came as the most wonderful luxury! We walked or rode bicycles mostly. And when we got the car, we didn't use it carelessly because we couldn't afford the petrol. Our bathroom and toilet were outside. Only rich people had washing machines - we used the bath to wash our clothes in. My family were very strict about the way girls behaved. My sister and I were not allowed to swear. We could go out with boys if there was a chaperone. So NO sex. We had to be home by midnight. No alcohol. No smoking. We had to behave in a dignified manner - with good manners - at all times.

So that was a repressed upbringing, yes? I can remember feeling bloody angry with the adults in our family, and I could see they were a prudish, silly bunch, but that, as we used to say, is how the mop flopped. Other people had a more pleasant home life. I didn't feel a victim of poverty. There were things we couldn't have - tough shit. And you can't change your family.

My sister and I both became heavy smokers. Yet smoking was really frowned on while we grew up. There was no "anti-smoking" regulation - my friends' families smoked - it's just that MY family thought it was horrible.

I loved it! I really kicked over the traces when I left home. It was the sex, drugs, rock and roll (PROPER rock and roll) era. It was a time of great OPTIMISM. There was going to be peace and love all over the world. Women would be liberated, black people would have equal rights, Gay people would free and slavery would vanish.

Everyone smoked cigarettes. There were no laws regulating where you could, or could not smoke. There were no helmets on bikes, nor seatbelts in cars. Motor racing was a dangerous sport. There was no "consumerism". "health and safety", no "evidence based life-style medicine" to speak of. People got sick through germs, bad luck or God's will.

And the polio vaccine got polio under control.

The pill made having sex safer, since falling pregnant before you got married was frowned on. Unless you were career orientated, women wanted romance with their sex, to be loved, to be cherished by a man, to get married, to have children and a home. There WERE successful women in the man's world, believe it or not.

Consumerism, Health and Safety, Public Health and Life-Style Sciences, are making (have made) us into timid wimps. Where once there was optimism that our society could right the very big wrongs we lived in whatever it cost, we have become entangled in minutiae. Rules and regulations even control our thoughts - and all of us have become victims of fear.

Fear is trummled out to us in great measure. Watch the TV, read the papers, read food wrappers, medicine inserts, cigarettes packs, listen to the adverts. Some of them are completely daft!

It seems to me that people are sicker, more depressed, less contented, more dissatisfied, more fearful, more complaining, more unhappy than ever.

The Anti Smoking Template has been so successful in promoting the fear of death in our modern world, that the same pattern is being used by other groups now, to restrict us in other ways. We really fear death. Sugar, salt, fat, carbohydrates, coffee, alcohol, smoking, loneliness, stress, will remove a few years of our lives. And so, they must be controlled - for our own good. So we can live longer, as old people.

I have never before felt old. But lately, I think I do. I'm tired of all the insane shit I see around me. I am tired of seeing all the strings that pull the puppets making yet more laws and regulations that are binding the new generation coming along behind me in knots they do not even recognise as an intrusion of their freedom. They think they are free. Maybe they think, if they follow the rules, they will live forever.

Whatever freedoms the new generation has now, was because of us. I hope the next generations coming along, will be able to have OPTIMISM in their lives, like we had. But that will only happen when this generation makes Governments stop the insanity of regulating the minutiae of life.

Life is for living, with exuberance - not under the fear of death.

RIP The Golden Age.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Round and round we go

Since I have had my Facebook account blocked, my stats have dropped on my blog. This doesn't really disturb me, as I don't do this blog for stats - though seeing that people are reading it, is comforting. Originally this blog was a way to share my delight in vaping.

I have delighted in vaping. It's been my favourite thing. A pearl. A treasure. A fun hobby. In the beginning I bubbled over with joy about it.

Very soon, as the hobby of vaping grew "mainstream" and more people were doing it, I was appalled that SOME people thought it was bad. The first wisp of astonishment was when my daughter said to me "Our local pub won't "allow" vaping as they say it normalises smoking."

As someone who has endured all the persecution dished out to smokers, to find my pearl classed as something undesirable, triggered all my pain.

This blog became pain-filled.

Then our rulers took on vapers and vaping, and from 2012 onwards we contacted MP's, MEP's, and even Brussels. This blog became a protest blog.

But our community of vapers changed - the invisible delight in vaping for vaping's sake that bound us all together, became two ply. One strand, repeated the dogma and creed of Tobacco Control in their efforts to escape the blows of our masters. They had been brainwashed by their persecutors. One could call it a sort of smoking Stockholm syndrome where the victim forms a bond with their tormentor.

The second strand in the two ply of vapers that became obvious in those days, were those, like me, who believed the problem with the vaping situation, stemmed from the attitude of our masters to smoking. Many of us were older and remembered the days of freedom when smoking was normal.

In actual fact, smoking IS normaL Almost a quarter of all people in the UK smoke. That's millions of people.

So my blog went round and round on the problem of Tobacco Control and it's viciousness. It became viscious when it promoted the idea that second hand smoke from smokers was harming other people IN OPEN SPACES and that smoking should be denormalised. At this point, bells should ring in every sane person's head, that our rulers had lost the plot, and that Tobacco Control was not about health, but about ideology.

So, round and round we go here. The reason vapers are in the shit in Wales, in specified areas, in many countries to a worse degree than the UK - Australia for instance, is TOBACCO CONTROL.

We need to keep free from repeating anything they say when it comes to estimated statistics on the millions of lives, "lost" to smoking, or "saved" by vaping.  They are simply guesses. We really have no idea what deaths are caused by smoking - or by something else. When my husband or I die, our deaths will be recorded as smoking related, even though my husband stopped smoking thirty something years ago. He is down as a passive smoker. So my smoking will have killed him. Yet the effects of Second Hand Smoke are still unproven. The dangers of SHS was adopted by Tobacco Control as an anti smoking meme before ANY actual research had been done. And from there, as a given, all else followed. Why will MY heart attack be smoking related and YOURS, as a never smoker, not be - even though I might live to ninety three, and you die at fifty?

Those, in Tobacco Control, who are our "friends", are still guilty of crimes against the people.  They do not suggest that smokers should be considered in any way - in fact they still hound smokers. What other organisation would be allowed, in this modern age, to be so outright in its persecution of any other group? They have instilled fear, shame, broken families apart and changed our economy for the worse through manipulation and lies. Tobacco Control has become a huge self perpetuating industry - that is still perpetuating itself by all means possible - but always in disregard for smokers.

So, round again to smokers. The treatment of smokers is the origin of our vaping problems. Vaping has been picked up as a method to stop people smoking, but I point out, vaping is a SUBSTITUTE for smoking. Anti smokers hate that, yes? Vaping is enjoyable to us, like smoking was.

The enemy of our friends - smokers - is our enemy too.

And so, round again to Facebook. Our communication has got comical. I asked for them to close my account as I couldn't do it myself, being unable to log on to do it. I then got an email saying THEY couldn't close my account, but if I gave my authentic name, as requested, then I could do it. So again, round and round.  They tell me I can have a page for my "business". But I'm not a business! Nor am I a Tobacco shill. I'm just me.

Facebook now says -
Well, I suppose that's better than the time they labelled my Facebook site as "offensive" because someone had complained about what it was promoting - vaping!

So round and round and round we go - damned if you do and damned if you don't.