Pharmaceutical Companies and the Electronic Cigarette
ECD: It's very interesting that the MHRA in the UK is also funded to a large extent by pharmaceutical companies and they have been attacked for that. And also we found that recently on this committee that is looking at the electronic cigarette that there's actually a representative from one of the pharmaceutical companies. That's what we've been told, I think yesterday, by one of the other electronic cigarette companies.
Chris: It's difficult to know how much influence the pharmaceutical industry have, I mean obviously all the money they are giving them, giving the anti-smoking movement, is very useful it pays for a lot of research, pays for conferences, I mean they sponsor conferences all over the place so it clearly helps them.
I don't know if the anti-smoking movement has become more hard line as a result of the pharmaceutical money. I mean, these people, like I say they are extremists, they are idealists, in the first place.
If you didn't have pharmaceutical lobby paying the anti-smokers anything at all I think they probably still would be against the e-cigarettes. They might even also be against nicorette and chantix and the rest of it. These people, they generally don't need paying to become extremists in the first place.
ECD: They don't seem to have a problem though with chantix and champix.There's been deaths attributed to them, there haven't been any attributed to electronic cigarettes.