Monthly Archives: October 2016

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Stupid vaping products sold by stupid vendors

Let’s call time on stupid vendors

A few weeks ago I expressed some annoyance at vendors who were, in my opinion, being stupid. In this particular case it was a rash of morons selling “Pokéjuice”, a trademark-busting product that’s also an absolute gift to those who claim the industry is targeting children. I made some comments on Facebook and reported a couple of vendors to Trading Standards, but mostly what I did was annoy stupid people. I’m not exactly a stranger to annoying people, and it’s not like upsetting the stupid ones troubles my conscience, but it is pretty frustrating to raise problems like this and be met with a wall of baffled, stupid annoyance.

I don’t believe for a minute that any of the mainstream vapour product makers, or even the dreaded tobacco companies, are “marketing to children”, but it’s getting increasingly difficult to say the same about some of the more stupid independents. By all means make ice cream flavoured e-liquid. In fact I’m trying out a very nice strawberry vanilla ripple as I write this. Adults like ice cream too. But seriously, what the fuck is the justification for this?

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Whether the industry is targeting children or not, people who want it shut down are claiming that it is. This is reality. Ignoring reality is not brave or clever; it’s stupid. When people accuse you of making products that appeal to children there is nothing smart about disguising your fairly pedestrian-looking small glass dripper bottle as a tub of ice cream. You are not being edgy, witty or ironic. You are being a dick.

Here’s something else about disguising your products as food: It’s against the law. If you’re tempted to sell something that’s packaged to look like a Cornetto, you might want to read this first. You’ve read it and you don’t agree with the law? Well, that’s just tough. Brexit has given the UK vaping industry a potential lifeline. If we play this the clever way we could get the EU’s idiotic TPD removed, and replaced with a set of sensible laws that ensure safety without banning whole categories of products. But if we want sensible laws the industry has to demonstrate that it can obey the law. If you don’t act like adults you won’t be treated like adults. You’ll get spanked – and frankly, if you’re selling Pokéjuice or the products pictured in this post, you deserve it.

A story about stupid vendors selling stupid products is now on BBC News. That’s a global news outlet. Do we really need negative stories, that seem to confirm everything the public health lobby has been saying, on global news right now? No, we do not. In a few weeks the WHO’s COP 7 conference will be taking place in New Delhi, and the prohibitionist maniacs who run that will be looking for any excuse to clamp down on vaping. Five stupid vape shop owners on Merseyside just handed them another one.

If you make products like the ones featured here, you are stupid. If you sell those products, you are stupid. If you continue to buy from a vape shop that sells those products, you are stupid. There are powerful people out there who want to shut down every vape shop and force you to buy medicalised cigalikes from a pharmacy. Guess what? They’re going to get their way, unless the people making, selling and buying this fucking rubbish stop being stupid.


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The World Hitler Organisation

The World Health Organisation’s stated objective is “the attainment by all people of the highest possible level of health”. This is a noble goal, and in the first decades of its history the WHO worked hard to achieve it. The organisation played a major role in eradicating smallpox, for example – the only human disease ever to be completely eliminated. It’s launched massive campaigns to vaccinate against a host of other plagues, and played a major part in malaria control. When the WHO was founded in 1948 it was supposed to be a force for good, a practical symbol of humanity’s better side to set against the horrors of Nazism.

So why is it now endorsing mass murderers?

A lot of people were somewhat taken aback in 2010 when WHO director Margaret Chan, a former home economics teacher from Hong Kong, praised North Korea for its success in combating obesity. Never mind that North Korea is a Stalinist hellhole, ruled by an insane hereditary dictator whose nuclear grandstanding threatens the stability of the whole of Asia. Never mind that the anti-obesity strategy that so impresses Chan consists of making it illegal for citizens to grow their own food, forcing them to rely on a ludicrously inefficient state farming sector and triggering a series of devastating famines that have killed up to 15% of the country’s population over the past two decades. Never mind that North Koreans are so badly malnourished that they are, on average, three inches shorter than their South Korean relatives. Chan didn’t see any chubsters when she visited Pyongyang, apart from the grotesquely bloated Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un, so that makes the demented regime worthy of praise in the WHO’s eyes.

But now Chan has been upstaged by some of her subordinates. Doctor Vera da Costa e Silva is a Brazilian public health administrator who’s specialised in tobacco control since the mid-1990s, and for the last two years she’s been head of the secretariat of the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. You may have heard of FCTC before; they’re the bunch of authoritarian crackpots who think Interpol are agents of Big Tobacco, and who specialise in barring the press and public from their conferences. Vera da Costa claims to be pursuing an “open door policy” as FCTC head, but unless you’re a member of the tobacco control industry, just try to find out what FCTC are actually up to and that door will be firmly slammed in your face.

Anyway, today da Costa tweeted this:

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Rodrigo Duterte has been president of the Philippines since this July, and he’s a fucking maniac. Since his election he’s told the police to adopt a shoot-to-kill policy against drug dealers and urged the population to murder addicts. In the last three months around 4,000 Filipino citizens have been killed, two-thirds of them by vigilantes and most of the rest by police death squads. Duterte is now proudly comparing himself to Hitler, and threatening to withdraw from the UN after it protested at the wave of slaughter he’s unleashed on his country. Meanwhile the UN’s own health agency is praising him for his work on tobacco control.

The WHO has become monomaniacal about tobacco. In June one of da Costa’s equally insane colleagues, Elizabeth Hoff, complained that the Syrian government isn’t doing enough to make smoking unattractive and should immediately introduce plain packs for cigarettes. It seems to have escaped Hoff’s notice that Syria is now five years into a genocidal civil war, and that the government is too busy fighting against a fundamentalist death cult to waste time redesigning fag packets. If you live in Syria right now, it’s probably not tobacco that’s going to kill you.

When an organisation that’s supposed to be promoting health becomes so corrupted by prohibitionist zealots that it’s willing to endorse a madman who massacres his own citizens in the streets, it is no longer fit to exist. The WHO’s senior staff need to be swept away and replaced by sane adults. And until people like the odious da Costa are gone, no civilised government or organisation should have anything to do with the FCTC. Tobacco control fanatics are now so extreme that they’re openly allying themselves with murderous criminals like Kim and Duterte. It’s time for the world to stand up and stop the bastards.