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Saturday, 4 January 2014

What WAS the nasty thing that happened after 1999? Well, here is the way it was, from Rose

My recent post  "That's the way it SHOULD have been in 1999 - what ...": has very very interesting comments to it - please read them - and I will use them in future. But I said "something nasty happened" after the 1999 ASH letter to the Pub industry which showed clearly that protection for workers in the UK against SHS was already in place  The smoking bans seemed superfluous to me - the "something nasty" which is the problem that vapers find themselves entangled in now. Vapers problems are BUILT on the Tobacco Control drive against smokers. We cannot ignore this fact. Tobacco Control came for the smokers - now they come for US. If how it was for smokers is EXPOSED, then vapers are empowered. Many younger vapers/ordinary people/ non smokers and smokers do not know the story. They, unwittingly are the minions produced by the Tobacco Control industry.

But the "something nasty" that happened after 1999 is explained by Rose who left this comment on my post. I reproduce it here.

 "What happened then? Something really, really nasty"

Six months before that letter was sent to the Publican.

WHO LAUNCHES PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY TO HELP SMOKERS QUIT
30 January 1999

"The strength of the Partnership Project lies in the fact that it has brought together three major pharmaceutical companies, Glaxo Wellcome, Novartis Consumer Health and Pharmacia & Upjohn, all manufacturers of treatment products for tobacco dependence"
http://www.who.int/inf-pr-1999/en/pr99-04.html

Highlights from a letter to GlaxoSmithKline from Clive Bates

7th March 2001

"ASH has worked closely with both Glaxo and SmithKline Beecham staff and always welcomed the active collaboration. I hope to continue this with the merged company. We have worked with GSK under the auspices of the WHO-Europe Partnership Project on tobacco dependence and at various one-off opportunities. ASH was instrumental in securing greater government commitment to smoking cessation products in the NHS National Plan and we have helped with PR for both Zyban and Niquitin CQ."

"Every time a smoker switches to ‘lights’ as an alternative to quitting the market for smoking cessation is diminished.
Most of the measures that drive people to want to quit smoking and use GSK products are exactly those that are opposed by tobacco companies.

Such measures include:

Restrictions on smoking in public places and workplaces"

"ASH has a small shareholding in GSK and I will be attending with others to question you and the Chairman on this situation."

Yours sincerely

Clive Bates

http://www.ash.org.uk/files/documents/ASH_635.pdf

WHO Europe evidence based recommendations on the treatment of tobacco dependence - 2002

"This was a three year project, funded largely by three pharmaceutical companies that manufacture treatment products for tobacco dependence,.."

"They were commissioned by the World Health Organization and have drawn on the experience of a number of European countries, including the four original target countries of the partnership project: France, Germany, Poland, and the UK."
http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/11/1/44.full

Though the aim was to get people to use pharmaceutical smoking cessation products, you can't stop people allegedly harming themselves if they don't want to, so governments had to be given a compelling reason to explain and implement the bans and only the alleged perils of secondhand smoke would do.

Article 8.1 of the FCTC, the UK ratified the treaty on the 16 Dec 2004

‘Parties recognize that scientific evidence has unequivocally established that exposure to tobacco smoke causes death, disease and disability’. Parties therefore agree to adopt and implement, in areas of national jurisdiction , effective legislative, executive, administrative and/or other measures providing for protection from exposure to tobacco smoke in indoor workplaces, public transport, indoor public places and, as appropriate, other public places. Such protection must be in place five years after the FCTC comes into force for a Party."
http://www.fctc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=85&Itemid=84

Here's the official announcement, one line hidden in mass of text.

"On the same day as these statistics were published, the UK ratified the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control."
http://www.gov-news.org/gov/uk/news/more_than_a_million_fewer_smokers_since_1998/77507.html


It's taken years for me to find out what happened to us.

Rose