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Michael Siegel pulls no punches as he damns some opponents to vaping and harm reduction as liars - and lying came easily to the Israeli Health Minister Yakov Litzman too, as he helped tobacco companies. These firms need help as yet another Big T entity files poor performance. Lastly, we’ve been waiting all day for the debate and vote of the second reading of the Electronic Cigarettes (Regulation) Bill.

Pro-vaping harm reduction expert Michael Siegel has stated that e-Cigarette opponents are “still making up false ‘facts’ to demonise vaping”. He lambasts the idiot who was pontificating about vaping causing ‘popcorn lung’ – despite a decade of evidence and argument to the contrary.

The liar in the New Yorker article is Harvard Professor Jonathan Winickoff, spokesperson for the anti-vaping (and currently morally bankrupt) American Academy of Pediatrics. Siegel writes: “this Harvard professor has now misled the entire nation into thinking that vaping causes a serious, often fatal, progressive respiratory disease, without a shred of evidence that this is the case and with overwhelming evidence that it simply is not true. Whatever you think about vaping and Juuling, lying to the public is not what we do in public health.”

Yakov Litzman’s job as Israeli Health Minister includes reducing the damage wrought by cigarette smoking. It is not, as a damning report states, to carry out clandestine meetings with tobacco companies and work on their behalf. His actions have led to an unprecedented rise in the smoking rate of 5.22%. The report slates him and says Litzman “ignores the critical need for transparency”.

Imperial Tobacco has followed hot on the heels of Philip Morris in presenting woeful performance figures to the stock market. Alison Cooper, Imperial’s CEO, is full of bluster: “We are targeting constant currency revenue and earnings per share growth to be within our medium-term guidance and will deliver 10 per cent dividend growth.”

As we highlighted in the coverage of Morris’ share collapse, Big T’s dividend returns is considered to have had its day and, with volumes down 2.1% and revenue down 5% (operating profit tumbling 6.7%), the company desperately needs to succeed in new non-tobacco markets.

Some believe that it is Big T’s need to succeed in new markets that is the driving force behind Christopher Chope MP’s Electronic Cigarettes (Regulation) Bill. With the second reading timetabled to take place today, POTV has been scanning the live feed and Hansard all day – but to no avail, it appears to have been put off to Friday 15 June after lengthy debates over parental bereavement and representation for young people (and doubtless a desire by MPs to get away early for the weekend).

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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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