Vicious Antz

Posted 29th April 2015 by Dave Cross
The humble ant has colonised almost every landmass on the planet and operates in highly organised colonies to achieve collective aims. The parallels to vaping Antz are quite striking although looking at some public health officials they do not share the ant’s slender waist. In the game Ant Attack on the ZX Spectrum the only way to defend your character from an assault was to throw a hand grenade; some vapers must be wondering what weapon can prevent the continual onslaught on electronic cigarettes.

Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire and former mayor of New York, is already responsible for attacks on vaping in the city so good they named it twice. Ignoring science, Bloomberg lumped ecigs under the same heading as smoking and made false links between it and tobacco companies. Not content with fighting imaginary foes in his home state, Bloomberg has linked up with the Gates Foundation to attack smoking in Uruguay of all places.

“We are in this to help countries that can't afford to defend themselves against an industry which will try to kill a billion people this century. If that isn't a noble cause I don't know what is. You can talk about saving society but you have to translate that into action,” said the man who is considering running as the Conservative party’s Mayor of London candidate in 2016.

Many would support the notion of fighting tobacco companies who are targeting markets in developing countries, but it is the ties he forms between smoking and vaping that concerns those who see electronic cigarettes as a route out of cigarette addiction; something that should concern vape shops within Greater London especially.

Meanwhile health experts in Tanzania are pushing for a total ban on all tobacco-related products that, according to them, includes electronic cigarettes. “These are very toxic and sometimes other ingredients are put in, which are lethal to our lungs and brain,” claimed Ali Mzige, a family health consultant. It is evident that the tobacco industry isn’t the only body of people bent on exploiting developing nation populations with disinformation.

According to Wikipedia: “A crushed ant emits an alarm pheromone that sends nearby ants into an attack frenzy and attracts more ants from farther away. Several ant species even use ‘propaganda pheromones’ to confuse enemy ants and make them fight among themselves.” Maybe it is time people involved in promoting the use of electronic cigarettes as part of a harm reduction policy consider how we get the Antz to fight among each other?

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As commented upon by Doctor Farsalinos, not only do the Antz perpetuate myths and half-truths but when they attempt legitimate research it is frequently flawed. “Many people will consider it a joke,” says the doctor, but the joke will be on vaping if we continue to allow them to sting us.


 Dave Cross
Article by Dave Cross
Freelance writer, physicist, karateka, motorbikes, and dog walker
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