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Vaping Senator Smear Campaign: When anti-vape campaigners lose the logical argument they rely on accusations, insults and lies.

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Duncan Hunter is now known as The Vaping Congressman after he shot to fame by making a point with having a vape during a debate. The Republican from California did more than just raise his profile with other vapers; he opened himself up for attacks from the anti-vaping lobby at the same time. They are stooping pretty low in their current attempts to discredit him.

“The reason I vape is simple: It’s so I don’t smoke cigarettes,” Hunter said at the time. “I vape knowing that I’m not inhaling tobacco.  Most importantly, I vape because I believe it could save my life. There are millions of Americans like me, who are choosing e-cigarettes over their traditional counterpart.”

“E-cigarettes are a suitable alternative to cigarettes, and they could very well save my life, as well as the lives of so many Americans who are making their best effort to quit cigarettes. Ironically, by not supporting the commercial availability of e-cigarettes, with all their advancements in recent years, you are giving your support — whether intended or not — to traditional cigarettes and other products.”

The pharma-funded anti-vape lobby don’t like to play fair, especially the bunch in Hunter’s California. They attack companies, organise pickets outside shops, set up websites containing nothing but lies, disseminate factually incorrect press releases and, now, have embarked on a process of trying to smear the congressman.

Turning their eyes onto his campaign contributions, they claim to have identified a sum approaching $31,500 from vape companies. While it appears to be acceptable to be in the pockets of Big Pharma, the media are lapping up the leaked stories regarding his support from the sellers of products the Royal College of Physicians calls “95% safer”.

They have gone through his accounts and are now making allegations regarding impropriety, accusing him of misusing the money and pouring scorn on his rebuttals. “Hunter better be careful,” writes the Death and Taxes blog. “He’s playing around with some dangerous folk.” It was referring to Big T being unhappy with his supposed spending of their money – but it’s clearly the grubby hands of Big P pressing the keys on the keyboard.

How do we know? Because of the utter tripe they wrote this week: “Let’s take a closer look at those ‘oral or facial surgery’ charges. What do we know about Hunter? He vapes. A lot. He even vapes in congress. And what do we know about vaping? It’s scientifically proven to explode your face off.”

“Aside from the list of campaign charges, there’s no evidence that an exploding e-cig knocked out all of Hunter’s teeth, but if that had happened, you can be sure that he would try to cover it up as fast as he could. He won’t be of much use to the vaping industry if he can’t fight FDA regulations because he’s missing his lower jaw.”

Yep, vaping is “scientifically proven to explode your face off” – and that’s probably one of the least ridiculous claims the anti-vaping lobby have made to date.

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Dave Cross

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Dave is a freelance writer; with articles on music, motorbikes, football, pop-science, vaping and tobacco harm reduction in Sounds, Melody Maker, UBG, AWoL, Bike, When Saturday Comes, Vape News Magazine, and syndicated across the Johnston Press group. He was published in an anthology of “Greatest Football Writing”, but still believes this was a mistake. Dave contributes sketches to comedy shows and used to co-host a radio sketch show. He’s worked with numerous vape companies to develop content for their websites.

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