In this quagmire of couscous and seeds, this ebb and flow of high-fat and low-fat prophets there is a constant: Smoking has no place in a healthy diet and any measure that makes it difficult for tobacco conglomerates to recruit addicts must be supported.
The World Health Organisation recognised that yesterday when it suggested e-cigarettes be banned from indoor spaces and face curbs over health fears. That position follows less emphatic positions from the American Heart Foundation and the American Cancer Society which have suggested the devices might be a last resort to help smokers quit.
The Geneva-based UN organisation warned that, just like the health damage inflicted on passive smokers, some ecigarettes “increase above background levels the risk of disease to bystanders”. The WHO also suggested that the evidence that e-cigarettes helped people quit smoking was “limited”.
Public health authorities were bullied and misled by tobacco giants for decades, just as they are today over plain packaging for cigarettes. This time around they should be far less tolerant of anything that sustains the culture of smoking. There are about 7,000 irrefutable arguments for that every year — our friends and neighbours who die from smoking related disease.