Spiked: The new EU directive: quit smoking or die
Written on May 2013 - and as current and correct as if it was written today
The new EU directive: quit smoking or die | Smoking | spiked
- mentions the silly and ineffective changes to tobacco products
- good explanation of what an e-cig is and what it does
- excellent summary of the reasons behind the proposed ecig ban and its consequences
last paragraph:If e-cigs are banned, a substantial proportion of the population will simply carry on puffing away on the traditional fag, with all the well-established harms that come with regular smoking.
As I said, it could have been written today.Having failed to persuade people to quit their bad habits, the moral crusaders in the tobacco-control lobby have instead decided to appeal for a committee-room stitch-up in Brussels, far from the meddling influence of voters. The fight over the Tobacco Products Directive is a profound illustration both of the authoritarian impulses of many campaigners and medics, and the anti-democratic nature of the EU itself.
As the last paragraph describes that "trilogue" to a T.
The only thing missing is the heavy lobbying by Big T and Big P. Well, Big P as Big P itself, not in the form of its paid shills.