Funny how all these worthies disappear after Friday lunchtime ...
Particularly interesting was this comment from another participant:
... wouldn't Vince Cable be better served by asking all tobacco companies and major retailers to sit round a table with HMRC (collectors of excise revenue), Dept of Health and all other interested Govt Departments (eg Defra - cigarette litter is the UK's no 1 litter problem) to agree a co-ordinated plan of "attack" which addresses at least:
- communication of the health risks
- prevention of access to youth
- raising awareness of smoking cessation products and reduced harm products - eg e-cigs and other smokeless products
- tackling smuggled and counterfeit product
- changing smokers' littering behaviour
This participant continues:
If that was done there'd be no need to choose between the smoking lobby and the British people as Peter Kellner invites Vince Cable to do – and isn't an inclusive society what we pride ourselves on being?Isn't it wonderful when someone refers to inclusiveness as positive. Sadly, these ideas are out of line with WHO FCTC thinking: social inclusiveness and full democratic participation are less important than the WHO's global agenda.
Dave Atherton is political liaison officer of Freedom to Choose (UK). His contribution to this thread is particularly worthy of note and includes plenty of supporting information.