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Vaping Quotes

A selection of ecig-related quotes from medical experts, law experts, ethicists, regulatory experts, and community advocates.


Featured quote:

"You should fight for your lives and your health. It is absolutely irresponsible and dangerous behaviour to ban e-cigarettes."
- Dr K Farsalinos


Contents
On nicotine's potential for dependence
On dependence and addiction
On the safety of nicotine
On nicotine-related topics
On the safety of ecigs
On the potential saving of life
On ecig bans / regulations
On the tobacco control industry
On corruption and incompetence in public health
On propaganda and junk science
On government oppression
On the W.H.O.
On the EU - corruption, incompetence and failure
On politics
On money and power
On ethics
On artificially prolonged lifespans
On smoking cessation
On the future
On vaping products
On Snus
On general topics

 

On nicotine's potential for dependence

"It seems very safe even in nonsmokers," he said. "In our studies we find it actually reduces blood pressure chronically. And there were no addiction or withdrawal problems, and nobody started smoking cigarettes. The risk of addiction to nicotine alone is virtually nil."
- Dr. Paul Newhouse
Director,  Vanderbilt University Center for Cognitive Medicine
April 16, 2014
http://www.tampabay.com/news/health/study-finds-nicotine-safe-helps-in-alzheimers-parkinsons/2175396
https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/ccm/files/ccm/SFN%202012%20Poster%20MCI-%20Kamkwalala.pdf
https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/ccm/files/ccm/SFN%202012%20Poster%20MCI3-%20Newhouse%20Chronic.pdf

"There is very little to no evidence for the abuse of nicotine when not delivered in a tobacco vehicle."
- Prof K Fagerstrom
http://nicotinepolicy.net/karl-fagerstrom/520-dependence-on-tobacco-and-nicotine

"Studies have shown that none of the nicotine replacement therapies - chewing gum, inhalers, patches - none of those are addictive. Nicotine is not addictive. The cause of addiction is the release of monoamine oxidase inhibitors, or MAOIs, along with nicotine."
- Prof Peter Killeen
Emeritus Professor of Psychology, ASU
http://www.statepress.com/archive/node/7194

"The changes that FDA is allowing to these labels reflect the fact that although any nicotine-containing product is potentially addictive, decades of research and use have shown that NRT products sold OTC do not appear to have significant potential for abuse or dependence."
US FDA
Nicotine Replacement Therapy Labels May Change
http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm345087.htm
To clarify: the FDA are stating that pure nicotine does not create dependence, although this is slightly obscured.

 

On dependence and addiction

"Addiction these days is a term usually used to refer to a chronic condition in which there is repeated powerful motivation to engage in a purposeful behaviour (usually involving a psychoactive drug) that is or can be harmful."
- R West, 2014-05-09
http://www.rjwest.co.uk/blog.php

 

On the safety of nicotine

"Nicotine does not cause heart disease or cancer."
- Dr K Farsalinos
Consultant cardiologist
http://saveecigs.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/european-union-regulating-e-cigarettes-based-on-ideology-and-theories-but-not-science/

"Addiction to nicotine has never caused harm to the user or to bystanders. That is why NRT products are now recommended by the FDA and the MHRA as long-term substitutes for smoking."
- Dr K Farsalinos

Prof P Hajek - QMUL video on ecigs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVS0_BGHHjM

"Compared to a range of dangerous non-nicotine chemicals in tobacco smoke, nicotine is relatively harmless, except in pregnancy and in some rare conditions."
- Prof Hajek

Nicotine is not associated with cancer or heart disease.
NICE, PH45
NICE is the clinical guidance authority for all UK medical practitioners

"Nicotine is not the major cause of any disease associated with smoking; it’s comparable to caffeine, which is highly addictive but safely consumed in coffee, tea and cola."
- Prof B Rodu
Professor of Medicine, oral pathology specialist
2014-01-18
http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20140119/OPINION04/301190020

 

On nicotine-related topics

"Smokers are harmed by the deadly tar and toxins in tobacco smoke, not the nicotine. While it's best to quit completely, I realise that not every smoker can and it is much better to get nicotine from safer sources such as nicotine replacement therapy."
- Prof S Davies, UK Government Chief Medical Officer

"The current optimal plasma cotinine cut-point to distinguish smokers from non-smokers in the general US population is 3 ng ml. This cut-point is much lower than that established 20 years ago, reflecting less secondhand smoke exposure due to clear air policies and more light or occasional smoking."
- Benowitz et al 2009
Nicotine Chemistry, Metabolism, Kinetics and Biomarkers
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2953858/
This quote reveals a common misconception and and in someone other than Benowitz, a lack of medical knowledge: everyone tests positive for nicotine and its metabolytes such as cotinine, since everyone consumes nicotine in the normal diet (in vegetables). Here, we assume this erroneous statement is made due to some form of warped ideology and/or a commercial COI. Equating plasma nicotine measurements to ETS exposure is a fallacy normally indicating regrettable lack of knowledge in persons claiming expertise in this field. Less vegetables in the modern diet are the principal reason for lower measurements now; the 'ETS source' of nicotine for non-smokers is a fabrication, as is obvious from modern measurements.

 

On the safety of ecigs

"Switching is so close as good as quitting that from a health point of view there is no point in worrying about the difference."
- Dr C Phillips

"The risk is negligible and compared with smoking, there is no contest."
- Prof R West
Director of Tobacco Studies, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London
Full quote: http://metro.co.uk/2013/07/04/e-cigarettes-and-the-rise-of-the-vapers-can-there-really-be-smoke-without-fire-3865413/

"Among millions of e-cigarette users, credible adverse events are almost non-existent."
- Prof B Rodu
(commenting on the miniscule number of adverse event reports for ecigs, lodged with the FDA; 47 reports vs >10,000 for Chantix, in exactly the same time period since introduction, and with a larger ecig userbase than for Chantix)

"In exposure terms, quitting equates to switching to the e-cig."
- Prof R Polosa

"We have such a massive opportunity here. It would be a shame to let it slip away by being overly cautious. E-cigarettes are about as safe as you can get."
- Prof P Hajek

"Determining that a tobacco-free nicotine-delivering product is safer than a product that delivers nicotine with thousands of tobacco smoke constituents is a fact of basic science, and anyone who challenges such a notion would probably benefit from a remedial course in basic sciences."
- Prof M Siegel

"E-cigarettes are probably about as safe as drinking coffee."
- Prof R West

"[e-cigarettes] pose very small or maybe no health risks."
- Prof P Hajek

"[e-cigarettes] are unlikely to kill anyone".
- D Arnott
Full quote:
“Do you want the tobacco industry to carry on making cigarettes which are highly addictive and kill when used as intended, or do you want them to move to a product which is much nearer licensed nicotine replacement therapy and is unlikely to kill anyone?”
D Arnott, ASH UK, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2015 annual meeting, San Jose, California.
http://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h3317
https://aaas.confex.com/aaas/2015/webprogram/Paper13548.html

"E-Cigarettes are orders of magnitude safer than conventional cigarettes."
- Prof P Hajek
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7S10o3QQrY

"Some public health experts have expressed concern that widespread use of e-cigarettes could ‘re-normalise’ smoking. However, we are tracking this very closely and see no evidence of it. Smoking rates are declining, quitting rates are increasing and regular e-cigarette use among never-smokers is negligible."
- R West
http://psychcentral.com/news/2014/09/06/e-cigarettes-give-boost-to-quitting-smoking/74569.html

"The growing mountain of scientific and empirical evidence consistently indicates that e-cigarettes:
- are 99% (+/-1%) less hazardous than cigarettes,
- pose no risks to nonusers,
- emit similar levels of constituents as FDA approved nicotine inhalers,
- are consumed almost exclusively (i.e. 99%) by smokers and former smokers who quit by switching to e-cigs,
- have never been known to addict any nonsmoker (or youth) to nicotine,
- have helped several million smokers quit and/or sharply reduce cigarette consumption,
- have replaced/reduced about 750 million packs of cigarettes in past five years,
- are more effective than nicotine gums, lozenges and patches for smoking cessation and reducing cigarette consumption, and
- pose fewer risks than FDA approved Chantix or Wellbutrin.

Besides, all of the following products and activities emit far more indoor air pollution than does an e-cigarette, but e-cigarette prohibitionists haven't called for banning or restricting any of them.

- plywood and other building materials
- glues
- paint
- carpeting
- furniture
- appliances
- cooking
- every exhale by every smoker for more than an hour after smoking every cigarette
- smoker’s clothes and hair
- printers
- photocopiers
- computers
- cleaning products
- dry cleaned clothes
- hair sprays
- perfumes
- nail polish and nail polish remover
- air fresheners."
- Bill Godshall
https://physiciansnews.com/2014/08/19/another-view-the-pros-of-electronic-cigarettes/
http://casaa.org/wp-content/uploads/GodshallFDAcomment-December-2015.pdf
[editor: I cannot locate the source for this full quote, there are so many publications with Bill's opening paragraph - apologies for not grabbing the link when I first saw it]

 

 

On the potential saving of life

"If all the smokers in Britain stopped smoking cigarettes and started smoking e-cigarettes we would save 5 million deaths in people who are alive today. It’s a massive potential public health prize."
- Prof John Britton
Chair, Tobacco Advisory Group, Royal College of Physicians

"If, on a population scale, smokers switched from cigarettes to e-cigarettes, there will be an enormous public health benefit."
- Prof P Hajek

Excerpt from article:
Even if e-cigarettes were to carry a significant risk of death, say 1/20th that of cigarettes at the upper end, this would reduce to 330 premature deaths per year for every million [vapers] saving more than 6,000 lives [per year per million smokers]. This is a conservative estimate, as Professor West explains: "It's very conservative because the main toxins from cigarette smoke are either completely absent or in much lower concentrations than 1/20th."
 - Prof R West, Dr J Brown
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/0914/050914-E-cigarette-policies-should-be-evidence-based
[West is saying that, at most, 330 vapers per million per year may die from ecig-related mortality, compared to 6,670 per million smokers per year - this is a mortality rate of, at maximum, 0.03% p.a.]

“If we could get all of those people [who smoke] to completely switch all of their cigarettes to noncombustible cigarettes, it would be good for public health.”
Mitch Zeller
Director, Center for Tobacco Products, FDA
May 15th, 2014
http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/hearing/?id=a0a14829-5056-a032-526d-3bc1bfd96586

 

On ecig bans / regulations

“The e-cigarette is a tsunami - you cannot stop it with a law.”
- Prof J F Etter
E-Cigarette Summit, London, 2013-11-12

"I’ve always thought these objections were led by ideology not science or real concern for health. That’s why the Snus case is so revealing. They looked for expedient arguments to support a ban on Snus (gateways, dual use, reduced cessation etc.), but when those arguments proved utterly baseless they still didn’t change their position on wanting a ban. This is why you can’t trust any of those who backed the Snus ban to ever do the right thing on e-cigs - whatever the evidence says, because it isn’t actually about evidence."
- Clive Bates
UK civil servant (= government national administration staff)
Regulatory expert, independent public health advocate
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=1602

"We are trying to help regulators and politicians to put their policies on a rational basis... at the moment it's really driven by vested interests and unsupported worries..."
- Prof P Hajek
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVS0_BGHHjM

"When you can't govern, legislate."
- C Snowdon
2015-04-15

“Legislators are much more interested in the arguments [of middle-class parents] than they are in evidence.”
- P Davidson, UoC
http://www.psmag.com/navigation/health-and-behavior/harm-reduction-movement-picks-steam-93690/

 

On the tobacco control industry

"Part of the tobacco control job description is to avoid thinking critically, after all."
- Dr CV Phillips
THR science specialist
ex-Professor of Public Health, Alberta University

“Hiding THR from smokers, waiting for them to decide to quit entirely or waiting for a new anti-smoking magic bullet, causes the deaths of more smokers every month than a lifetime using low-risk nicotine products ever could.”
- CV Phillips, 2009

"Opposition to THR is an entirely dishonest enterprise."
- Phillips & Rodu

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it."
- Upton Sinclair

"In one of the most ironic twists in my 30-year career in tobacco control, the anti-smoking movement is doing more to harm the public's health than to protect it with respect to its position and actions on electronic cigarettes."
- Prof M Siegel
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/anti-smoking-groups-doing-more-harm.html

"As anyone with a modest understanding of the science knows, tobacco controllers and other 'public health' people make countless statements that are utterly false."
"The tobacco control industry depends on making claims that flatly contradict what the science shows."
Dr CV Phillips
http://antithrlies.com/2015/12/23/utter-innumeracy-six-impossible-claims-about-tobacco-most-public-health-people-believe-before-breakfast/

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Tobacco Control Blatant Lies Department
"So what do we know for certain? We know e-cigarettes are used to deliver nicotine into the bloodstream and we all know nicotine is the addictive agent that takes thousands of lives each year. We know that nicotine is more addictive than crack cocaine and heroin. So, here you have a new kid on the block coming along to deliver that same addictive substance in a new, more attractive shell. Drawing those associations may, at the least, force consumers to question the validity of e-cigarette vendors’ claims."
http://www.cadca.org/blogs/detail/e-cigarettes-do-i-smell-rat
[editor: at Oct 2016 this blog has now been removed -  perhaps the scale of lies and ignorance was just too embarrassing]

"Australia had a daily smoking prevalence of 15.7% in 2012, and the 'past month' figure is about 1% higher".
- Simon Chapman
[However, Chapman says if this measure is applied to Sweden then their 'daily smoking' figure has to be about doubled. So in one country - AUS - according to him, you add 1% and in another you double it. It's funny that Sweden is where they have achieved the world's greatest public health win in the smoking area by permitting free access to Snus, which has enabled a massive fall in smoking-related death and disease.]

 

On corruption and incompetence in public health

"All who call for ecigs to be removed from the market have a financial COI."
- Prof M Siegel

"...every one of the anti-smoking groups which has called for electronic cigarettes to be pulled off the market ..... has a financial conflict of interest with pharmaceutical companies that manufacture the smoking cessation drugs."
- M Siegel
(Typical resource)
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/its-official-big-pharma-is-lobbying.html

"Whatever happens with e-cigs next week, thousands of vapers have learned that 'public health' is a financially and morally corrupt enterprise."
- Christopher Snowdon
Twitter, @cjsnowdon
5th Oct 2013, before the final ENVI EU TPD vote

"It's not about our health, it's about their wealth."
- jpargana, ECF

"You give them grants, you establish friendships, you make sure they become beholden to you, you start programs with them, which they can make a profit from. But they are not going to continue to get money, unless they are saying what you want them to say.
  Everybody knows that this is how things work. They know it and you know it - it’s only maybe the public that does not know it.
  That’s how you influence the medical establishment. Simply, with money."
- Dr. Peter Rost
former vice-CEO, Pfizer (and whistleblower)

"If you are a skilled pathological liar then Public Health is the field for you."
- sofarsogood, ECF, 2015-01-31

(from Bill Godshall) Barbara inquired:
"I tried to do a quick google search on what percentage of the American Lung Association's funding came from Big Pharm but was unsuccessful. Anyone have any idea?"
  "The ALA won't report that info, but the ALA has increasingly relied upon Big Pharma money during the past 20 years. I suspect drug companies have given the ALA at least $50 million in the past 20 years just to promote smoking cessation drugs (and to oppose smokeless tobacco, and more recently e-cigs).
  While the ALA (and CTFK, ACS, AHA, AAP, AMA, Legacy, etc.) used to acknowledge Big Pharma funding for various reports and projects, those disclosures (previously insisted upon by Big Pharma donors) have declined significantly during the past several years. I suspect that in recent years (due to our exposing), the drug companies and these funding recipients agreed to cover up Big Pharma's influence over those organizations."
- Bill Godshall, on ECF

" 'Public health' people are not stakeholders at all. Having an opinion about the proper private actions of others does not make you a stakeholder, it makes you a busybody."
Carl Phillips
https://antithrlies.com/2016/02/08/dear-public-health-you-seriously-cannot-figure-out-why-people-hate-you/

"Public health, including the research, politics, regulation, and journalism surrounding it, is an inherently dishonest discipline."
CVP, 2016
http://antithrlies.com/2016/01/06/the-key-fact-about-ecig-junk-science-public-health-is-a-dishonest-discipline/

 

On propaganda and junk science

"I can't think of a single major environmental, dietary or public health story in my career that has not been driven in some way by junk science. But we are still awash in junk science that affects our health or costs us money, peace of mind and our liberties."
- Steve Milloy
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/junk-science-garbage-policy/article/2567516

Some quotes about chemophobia resulting from the 2015 formaldehyde panic in the USA:
One of the most fundamental principles of toxicology: the dose makes the poison. "Unfortunately, all molecules are potentially toxic," says American University chemist Matthew Hartings. "Toxicity is not just about the molecule but is about both the molecule and its concentration."
   Every minute of every day on every inch of this planet, formaldehyde is all around you and inside you. Always.
   The concern about formaldehyde in personal care products reveals a bit of chemophobia, which Dartmouth chemistry professor Gordon Gribble defines as, "An irrational fear of chemicals based on ignorance of the facts." He says, "People don’t know how small molecules are, and they believe that single molecules of some chemical pose a health threat."
http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2014/03/is_formaldehyde_dangerous_no_but_johnson_johnson_removed_it_from_baby_shampoo.html

"The fat vs sugar thing has had one clear unifying public message - don't believe anything they say."
@Clive_Bates on Twitter
About anything, he could have added.

 

On government oppression

"I will never smoke again. Unless my government makes me."
- Ian Firth
https://medium.com/vaping-stories/i-will-never-smoke-again-6865af410a55

 

On money and power

It's always about the money. You don't have to look any deeper than that. Even the zealots and crackpots are paid, and if they weren't, you wouldn't be hearing from them. An unpaid zealot is a silent zealot.
    For people who are selling something, it's all about the money. To make more money you need more power, so power is a necessary but secondary consideration.
    For people who aren't selling something, it's all about the power - but to get power you need more money. More money equals more power. They chase the money first.
- CP
(on a forum somewhere, and repeated whenever the opportunity arises)

 

On the W.H.O.

"While the WHO still does good work to reduce infectious and communicable diseases, it's done an outrageously terrible job on tobacco policies and education."
- Bill Godshall
Independent anti-smoking-harm campaigner
US smoking law expert (has had input into more smoking-related laws than any other person in the world)
World's most committed, active and successful campaigner; world's most successful independent campaigner; world's most respected campaigner

".....it is now clear to me that the WHO is a far greater threat to smoker's health than is the tobacco industry."
- Bill Godshall
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/another-day-another-e-cigarette.html

"Snus in Sweden is the source of one of the greatest public health victories in Europe, as seen in Sweden, yet the extent of denial, including by WHO, about this unassailable reality is extraordinary and shocking."
- Clive Bates
http://www.clivebates.com/?p=4071

 

On the EU

"The EU is a vast, stinking cesspit of corporate corruption."
- Steve Hilton, ex-adviser to David Cameron
http://www.conservativehome.com/thetorydiary/2015/05/hiltons-ideas-need-halfons-help.html

"The purpose of the TPD is now, and probably always will be, to protect the income of the pharmaceutical and cigarette industries and preserve tobacco tax revenues."
- CP, while Secretary of ECCA UK

"In the EU a tobacco classification for e-cigarettes is essentially the same as a medicinal classification: an easy way to gradually remove them from the market. Our main problem with tobacco classification is that it, and more especially the individual provisions no matter how spurious, will be a thousand times harder to fight than medicinal classification."
- CP, on Facebook

"These fellows, which are called the commissioners, are the most rake-shamed rogues that ever I saw in my life."
- Samuel Pepys, c.1663
He appears to have foreseen the EU and its Commissioners.

"Britain is the most centralised country in the developed world. To a degree that would astonish any American, French, German or Japanese observer, the things that affect people’s everyday lives in the UK are decided by distant bureaucrats and politicians."
Steve Hilton
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/15/boris-johnson-legacy-mayor-london

"For me, in the end, it’s all about innovation. The European Union is bad at doing it, good at discouraging it, repeatedly sides with those who have vested interests in resisting it, and holds Britain back from achieving it."
- Matt Ridley
http://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/the-eu-and-innovation/

"... the 'precautionary principle', formally written into EU thinking and widely interpreted to mean that only the harms, not the benefits, of new technologies must be considered. This has repeatedly prevented the displacement of bad technologies by better ones."
- Matt Ridley

"The way Brussels works is fundamentally antithetical to innovation. It is top down, with regulation promulgated by officials behind closed doors in meetings with lobbyists. There are about 25,000 lobbyists in Brussels, representing the likes of Big Pharma and Big Green, and they are often in the room when rules get written that erect barriers to entry against irritating new competitors."
- Matt Ridley

"The way in which Volkswagen, using carbon-dioxide emissions as a cover, got the rules rewritten to suit diesel engines and discriminate against petrol engines, despite the fact that nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions from diesel were far higher and more dangerous, was only the most visible such scandal."
- Matt Ridley

"Sir James Dyson was amazed to find that Brussels set energy ratings for vacuum cleaners without testing them filled with dust, because this suited the German bagged vacuum cleaner manufacturers that he threatened: 'Washing machines are tested with washing in them, cars are tested with people in them, and fridges are tested with food in them. But when it came to our request to test vacuum cleaners with dust in them, the big German block of manufacturers complained'.”
- Matt Ridley

"In the 1950s, you could just about make the case that Britain’s destiny lay in a regional trading bloc. But now? When container shipping has collapsed the cost of intercontinental trade? When the internet and budget airlines and Skype have made it as easy to do business in Asia and America and Africa as in Europe?"
- Matt Ridley

"...our membership of the European Union prevents us being able to change huge swathes of law and stops us being able to choose who makes critical decisions which affect all our lives."
- Michael Gove

“The EU is an institution rooted in the past and is proving incapable of reforming to meet the big technological, demographic and economic challenges of our time. It was developed in the 1950s and 1960s and like other institutions which seemed modern then, from tower blocks to telexes, it is now hopelessly out of date. The EU tries to standardise and regulate rather than encourage diversity and innovation. It is an analogue union in a digital age.”
- Michael Gove
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/eureferendum/12166345/European-referendum-Michael-Gove-explains-why-Britain-should-leave-the-EU.html

 

On politics

".....science-based popular education can have an enormous impact on politics."
- Carl Phillips

"The fact is, in a democracy run by fools, it is necessary for people to generally suffer for a period to learn the truth."
- seen in a blog comment by 'Lem'

"Most good ideas are incompatible with government policy."
Sir Humphrey
Yes, Minister reprise:
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/aug/07/yes-minister-brexit-eu-jonathan-lynn-sir-humphrey

"Mainstream broadcasters will have to give airtime to ideas that sound superficially attractive to the hard of thinking."
- Iain Martin, Capx
http://www.capx.co/how-steve-hilton-blew-up-the-labour-party-by-mistake/
A comment on how far-left ideas will have to get mainstream airtime after Corbyn won the Labour leadership.

 

On ethics

"In the case of cigarettes and e-cigarettes, history will judge us harshly as to how we answer this billion-person question. It may also look back in anger at policy-making amounting to institutionalized manslaughter."
- Prof Julian Kinderlerer
President of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE)
http://www.science20.com/news_articles/ban_them_or_embrace_them_ecigarettes_face_a_fork_in_the_road-153217

"I believe the marketplace can do a better job than the government on the issue of public health."
- Jeff Stier, public health expert, The National Center for Public Policy Research, USA, commenting on e-cigarettes.
Full quote:
"The irony is that a tobacco company is selling a product that could help more people effectively quit, and the government is standing in the way. I believe the marketplace can do a better job than the government on the issue of public health."

 

On artificially prolonged lifespans

"Ironically, one of the crueller side effects of the sophistication of modern medicine is that we have perfected ways of keeping people alive long after any pleasure or meaning has disappeared from their lives. We sentence them to years of mournful inanition, though many of them would happily take their leave while they had a mind to do so."
- Bishop Holloway
from: Threescore Years And Ten - What Next?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06ygt2d
Bishop Holloway talks about topics related to death, and chooses as one such topic the terrible fate of those kept alive by modern medicine beyond any use or hope or pleasure or purpose or meaning or worth, often institutionalised in one way or another: the prison of an artificially prolonged lifespan.

 

On smoking cessation

"It's pretty clear to me that e-cigarettes have helped more people quit smoking than the 2009 Tobacco Control Act, all the FDA-approved smoking cessation drugs and all the government anti-tobacco propaganda programs combined."
- Bill Godshall

"Self-motivated quitting is far more effective than NRT."
- M Siegel
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.co.uk/2010/03/new-study-shows-that-even-extended.html

"Vapers and vape shops are the new front line in smoking cessation."
- Prof G Stimson

 

On the future

"I predict that by 2050, about half the population will be using tobacco products - almost all low-risk - in free countries where people can afford it. Despite the health risks from such usage being minimal, this is the greatest nightmare of those with the endgame fantasy."
- CV Phillips
http://antithrlies.com/2015/07/24/why-is-there-anti-thr-3-anti-tobacco-extremism/

“I've come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies:
1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
2. Anything that's invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
3. Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things.”
- Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt
A piercingly accurate comment on new technology and the old fossils. In practice we have to wait until they die off before progress can be made.

 

On vaping products

Q: "So is 'pharmaceutical grade' the same as 'USP'?"
A: "No, they are different."
- Neil E. Levin, CCN, DANLA

 

On Snus

"Modern epidemiologic studies reveal that the oral cancer risks from Snus use in Sweden and from modern moist snuff and chewing tobacco use in the U.S. are so small that they cannot be measured with any precision."
- Prof B Rodu, world authority on the oral pathology of tobacco consumption

"[Snus] is a huge success story that hasn’t received enough attention. It shows that other forms of nicotine that aren’t as lethal as cigarettes can be used to reduce death and disease."
"The evidence we have from Sweden is the most solid we have in the world."
- Dr. David B. Abrams, Executive Director of Tobacco Research, American Legacy Foundation
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/30/business/maker-of-snus-a-smokeless-tobacco-says-its-less-harmful-than-cigarettes.html

 

On general topics

"When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators."
- P J O'Rourke

"If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey, he is obligated to do so."
- Thomas Jefferson

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed; second, it is violently opposed; third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
- Schopenhauer

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
- Gandhi

"On résiste à l'invasion des armées; on ne résiste pas à l'invasion des idées."
- Victor Hugo, Histoire d'un Crime (The History of a Crime), 1852.
My translation: 'You can fight an army but you can't fight ideas'.

"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."
- Seneca the Younger

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
- George Orwell

"You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand that for bureaucrats procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing."
- Thomas Sowell

One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.
- Carl Sagan

"There are some people who, if they don't already know, you can't tell 'em."
- Yogi Berra

"In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is."
- Yogi Berra
[editor: I believe Mr Berra was referring to the difference between clinical trials and the real world]

 

From me

"When these ecig regulations are imposed, it will be the first time in history that the public will have been forced to go to the black market in order to obtain legitimate products to stay healthy and enjoy a normal lifespan, an odd reversal of the usual situation."
- CP, 2013-06-02

"The new EU TPD is considered to be the most egregiously corrupt statute in history as it will directly lead to millions of deaths for profit."
- CP, 2013-07-30

"There is no safe level of Public Health."
- CP, January 2016

"I'll listen seriously to any Public Health industry senior staff who run three miles a day, take an additional half an hour's daily exercise of their choice, who drink only water - ever - and who eat only berries, nuts, roots, raw plants, unprocessed cereals, some meat or fish once weekly, the occasional cooked meal, and who never consume any processed food of any kind, and who consume nothing whatsoever in addition, and who have no vices or bad habits of any kind. The rest can [insert expletive here] off, since they are massive hypocrites who clearly have no right to pontificate on lifestyle choices or dictate to others what rules to live by."
- CP, 2015-04-21

"In politics, the best liars get the top jobs - so at least talent is rewarded."
CP
 

 

 


created 2014-06-14
update 2016-02-20