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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Brilliant letter - thank you Hazel and thank you all!

There is something really good for me about this extraordinarily sincere letter. Hazel signed it, but I'm not sure who wrote it. To the  Independent Vapers’ Associations and Organisations of Belgium, Netherlands, France, Spain, Denmark, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary.

I just want to say thanks.


(COP6 is The World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and this year it is in Moscow, in October)

Letter to Dr Chan; Director of WHO; re: COP6 in October

 22nd July, 2014
Dear Dr Chan,
As their representatives, we write to you on behalf of European users of electronic cigarettes. We are unpaid, unfunded and independent of any industry. As vapers ourselves, this letter is a frank expression of our personal experiences and perspective.
We ask that the current situation, all the sound and the fury surrounding electronic cigarettes, be considered from the viewpoint of the millions of Europeans who have adopted them. The unfettered access that we have enjoyed so far has been a fundamental reason for their success. It has enabled us to transit from smoking towards an infinitely less dangerous way of consuming nicotine. Some of us have then decided also to stop using e-cigarettes. Others have continued to use them, but without nicotine. Yet others, whilst having completely substituted smoking with their use, prefer to continue consuming nicotine but without the dangers associated with burnt tobacco. And then there are those who have reduced their tobacco consumption, with e-cigarettes filling the void left by unsmoked conventional cigarettes.
Smoking is a complex phenomenon and there is no single way to help smokers change their behaviour. Until recently, we had little choice. Like most smokers, we found medicinal options, the gums, patches and psychotropic substances as well as the behavioural support, to be often unpleasant and certainly ineffective. The electronic cigarette has allowed us to tailor its use to our individual tastes and needs. If you were to constrain it so that it were available in a single format that could only be used in a prescribed way, then at a stroke you would make it as ineffective as the medicinal options have been over the past 30 years.
Personal Vaporisers, e-cigs, electronic cigarettes or whatever they are called, have given millions of smokers a choice and control they never had before. The freedom to choose! That is what has made the difference for us; the ability to take our time, to choose our devices, to develop preferences for flavours. All of which we have paid for from our own pockets and purses. Let us examine perhaps the most controversial issue of all: flavours.
We are constantly being told that flavours exist only to entice new consumers and especially the young towards smoking. They excite so much fear amongst those who advise you! But listen to our experience, to what we know and understand about these flavours that are so important for us, the adults who use them. They have allowed us to create a distance between the deadly habit we had and the far healthier one we have adopted or are moving towards. It is the presence of flavours, be they bubble-gum or vanilla, that makes the possibility of returning to smoking so unlikely for those of us who have completely adopted the product, because for most of us the taste of burnt tobacco has become nauseous.
It is in the interest of public health that smoking be eliminated from society and vapers are the example of how this can be achieved. We are growing in number at a rate no-one predicted. The reason is that the market is vast and exciting, encouraging the development of products that are ever more effective. These more evolved products do not, however, interest the tobacco industry’s subsidiaries. Their interest is almost entirely limited to devices that resemble traditional cigarettes, products that do not appear to deliver nicotine very effectively, that are expensive to use and are not very appealing. Moreover, being essentially disposable, they cause environmental damage by producing tons of electrical waste.
Yet we find ourselves faced with a future where only this part of the market, with its outdated, relatively inefficient and expensive products, would be open to us. It would be akin to asking all current smartphone users to throw away their high tech devices and rely only on landlines. This simile applies just as well to the notion of vapers returning to smoking.
We cannot emphasise enough the importance of this revolution. The impact of what could be proposed at the COP6 meeting in October would see its end. A revolution no-one dreamt of during all the preceding decades of tobacco control. An unexpected revolution that all costs must not be curtailed.
This letter comes to you from smokers, ex-smokers and their families. We are mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. We have children and grandchildren. We have no vested interest, no one is paying us and no one is coercing us. We write to you with our hearts on our sleeves, with nothing to hide. We are the vapers of Europe and we ask you listen to us to recognise that we are the way for you to reach your goal. With little official involvement, we are changing the face of smoking across Europe.
Please allow us to continue doing so. To do so through snatched conversations in bars and caf├ęs. Through quick chats on the street with interested smokers who stop us to ask about our devices. With the support of our families and friends who gratefully welcome the ensuing health benefits and appreciate the absence of passive smoking. Let us and the smokers willing to try e-cigarettes regain control of our lives without unnecessary and costly intervention.
Science will eventually answer the questions that remain, but the only one that matters now is:
Are electronic cigarettes helping millions of smokers to turn to a much less dangerous practice?
The answer can only be;
Please do not succumb to unjustified fear, otherwise the WHO, by crushing this magnificent risk reduction opportunity, would condemn millions to an early death.
Yours sincerely,
Hazel Mabe
European Vapers United Network
for and on behalf of the Independent Vapers’ Associations and Organisations of Belgium, Netherlands, France, Spain, Denmark, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary.

Monday, 14 July 2014

How to bury vaping

The best way to make sure that people will not stop smoking by switching to personal nicotine vapourisers is what we see happening around us right now.

1. Raise doubts about vaping safety.
2. Spread rumours about terrible dangers.
3. Get anti tobacco experts to offer their opinions.
4. Prove the above with science and figures.
5. Crack down on Public Health to conform to expert opinion as promoted by the anti-tobacco ideologists above.
6. Use the media to disseminate fear information, especially as dramatically as possible.
7. Use medical health workers to promote doubt amongst the people.
8. Lobby the Government with tax money they raised and gave to you to promote your ideology.
9. Make out that dissenting voices are the marginal groups.
10. Proclaim that the above are paid shills.
11. Ignore anecdotes and sales figures proving consumer success of vapourised nicotine.
12. Via WHO, and the Tobacco Directive, make sure only the least efficient devices will be easily obtainable to smokers, and that the nicotine content of liquid will be wholly unsatisfying.
13. Censor advertising and promotion of personal vapourisers and the benefits of vaping, by legislation.
14. Make certain that smokers, children and most ordinary people, will not see people vaping, by banning the use of personal vapourisers in public places.
15. Promote the idea that vaping is an activity done by weak and helpless addicts.
16.  Emphasise the children, the children, the children at the expense of adults.
17. Think up a new objection if any of the above are questioned.
18. Avoid any suggestions that vaping should be considered entirely pleasurable, and that THAT is a consideration in its own right.
19. Keep up the pressure via all the already entrenched anti smoking tentacles already strangling smokers.
20. Deny that burying vaping is the motive because it's all about money and interconnected profitable corruption between corporations working together for survival if people continue smoking. Say it's all about HEALTH.

Three people have recently told me vaping is terribly bad for me because they heard it on the radio.  But the last one, came from an NHS nurse, who told one of my new vaping protege's, that vaping would make her fat because of all the glucose in the e liquid.


Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Would nicotine extraction from tobacco free sources release vapers from Tobacco Control?

Can electronic cigarettes that use nicotine free e liquid be classified as "tobacco" products? On ebay, devices are listed as "nicotine free" and indeed, the battery we buy, the tank or the charger are all "nicotine free". They aren't "tobacco products" per se.

The problem is with e liquid and its connection to the tobacco plant nicotine that comes from it.  Everything to do with vaping has been dumped into the anti-smoking trash bin. If the nicotine we use was not derived from tobacco, could the EU place "vaping" in the Tobacco Control Directive? Well, unfortunately our vaping devices are called electronic cigarettes - CIGARETTES - damn it.

And they deliver nicotine. Quote "Nicotine is an alkaloid found in nightshade family of plants (solanaceae), mostly in tobacco, and less in tomato, potato, eggplant and green-pepper. It is also found in coca leaves. Nicotine constitutes 0.3 to 5 % of tobacco plant by dry weight; with biosynthesis taking place in the root and accumulating in the leaves." End quote

So the nicotine is made in the root and stored in the leaves. Tobacco plants can be grafted onto a tomato rootstock as tomatoes behave in the same way.

Vaper's freedom from the "tobacco" legislation could come from using nicotine from tomato, potato, eggplant or green-pepper. Why can't these plants be bred for increased nicotine, in the same way THC has been in cannabis plants?

Unfortunately botanists haven't made a global nicotine plant map because testing for nicotine is difficult on such a scale and tobacco has just been accepted as the plant that holds the most. But Australia's corkwood tree evidently produces four times the amount of nicotine than most tobacco does.

Big tobacco looked into nicotine in tomato, potato, and eggplant in 1982 and 1998 . We ingest nicotine all the time in the food we eat.

Yet even if we vaped tomato derived nicotine, we would still be classified "addicts" by you-know-who.  And our vaping "looks" like smoking - the righteous would be clobbering us on two counts! The problem is not with vaping, the problem is with the righteous who, in their anti-smoking pogroms have become mentally deranged about vaping too. Do you ever wonder whether we might as well just smoke cigarettes and be done with it!

The righteous are not righteous enough to outright ban tobacco, because they need their jobs, Governments need the tax and pharmaceuticals  need to produce their quit drugs. And, unable to legally persecute gays, jews and black people, society needs smokers to feel superior to. Electronic cigarettes are threatening to pull down the whole shameful edifice.

Because cigarettes are a still a legal product, vapers could resort to extracting our own nicotine if regulation becomes too restrictive, but that could lead to horrible accidents. And frankly, could you be arsed?