Tell Me No Lies
The latest scare campaign was released in late December. Oddly enough, it sprouted up just in time for the typical “New Year Resolution” date. But of course, the accompanying videos flooding Youtube received a great deal of attention.
Photos of black lung shot up all over the place and and there are accompanying videos, bring back stark memories of the “black lung” propaganda; images of which can still be seen on cigarette packs as part of the gross imagery that adorns them.
Except for one, teeny tiny, fatal flaw. Smokers lungs do not look like that.
“I have examined thousands of lungs both grossly and microscopically. I cannot tell you from examining a lung whether or not its former host had smoked.” Dr. Victor Buhler, Pathologist at St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri in the United States.
Clean And Tidy
According to the press release:
Public Health England (PHE) has released a new film showing the devastating harms that come from smoking, and how this can be avoided by switching to an e-cigarette or using another type of quit aid.
The film has been released as part of PHE’s Health Harms campaign, which encourages smokers to attempt to quit this January, by demonstrating the personal harm to health from every single cigarette.
Devastating harm? Don’t forget that the lung, along with a few other organs in the human body, are remarkable at self-healing; given time. One cigarette every hour or so will not demonstrably provide devastating harm. That isn’t to say that smoking is entirely harmless, because it isn’t. However, please don’t let an inconvenient fact get in the way of a good scare story:
Nearly half of lung transplant patients were given the lungs taken from heavy smokers, with one in five coming from donors who had smoked at least one packet of cigarettes a day for twenty or more years.
Despite this, new research shows that those people given the lungs of smokers were just as likely to be alive up to three years after transplantation as those who had organs from non-smokers. In some cases, they had improved survival rates.
Here’s something you may not be aware of, donor lungs from heavy smokers appear safe for transplantation. Yep, you read that correctly.
Smokers lungs being used for transplant. From a biological point of view, being able to use lungs that have been exposed to the various constituent parts of cigarette smoke is a good thing. Remember, the lung is an incredibly self-cleaning organ.
Scary, Isn’t It?
Unlike the ridiculous experiment in the video. Smokers lungs aren’t made from cotton wool; which as anyone can tell you is a highly absorbent material, so will suck in anything.
But this is how Public Health England seem to operate. Exaggerated propaganda to scare smokers into doing what they want them to do. I’ve said it before, vaping is not a stick to beat smokers with, yet that is exactly what PHE are doing. Again. We shouldn’t be surprised really, but by all means, be disgusted.
Results of the demonstration visually illustrate the stark contrast between the impacts of smoking and vaping. Research estimates that while not risk-free, vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smoking.
But then, that’s the whole point isn’t it? Yet another taxpayer funded campaign to bully, stigmatize and shock smokers into quitting. I highly doubt that this campaign will have the kind of effect that PHE want, and a majority of smokers will treat this campaign and PHE with all of the contempt they deserve. You can count me amongst them.
Around two and a half million people are using e-cigarettes in England. They too have then helped thousands of people successfully quit. Many smokers (44%) either believe that vaping is as harmful as smoking (22%) or don’t know that vaping poses much lower risks to health (22%).
When you think about it, it is terribly sad that so many smokers don’t believe that vaping is a reduced risk, and to correct that perception among the populace is a laudable goal. Yet there’s a right way, and a wrong way to do so. The scare videos and accompanying gorey photo campaign are more propaganda than a means to educate. They are a form of torture if you ask me. Why these huge organizations struggle with people having choices and making the right ones, without resorting to shock tactics and other abhorrent means is beyond me, but I still dream of the day where we, being free of tyrannical big businesses, etc, can live and vape as we like.
Yes, I know, I’m a dreamer, but you have to admit, it’s a very lovely dream. Is it not? And Medusa Juice can help make that dream a reality, so be sure to catch some of the great deals on site before you leave.
If you’re not sure of the validity of this article, check out the PHE website and read what they are saying for yourself. Educate yourself, because through education, we gain power and folks, we need as much as we can get of both.
No one likes to be forced into doing anything, much less being manipulated into doing things by being lied to. So, take a stand, protect yourself and enjoy your favorite Medusa Juice e-liquid while doing it. I promise you, you won’t regret a single hit of our delicious and very safe liquids in your favourite kit.