Third Hand Smoke
ECD: You have been critical of the anti-smoking movement and you have found some pretty extreme examples of lies and hypocrisy, some of which you have posted on your website. What would you say is the worst example you have found.
Chris: Perhaps we are experiencing it just right now.
As we speak the third hand smoke issue is going around the globe and that is about as bad as anything I have seen, because it is such a crazy idea, it's got so little evidence behind it and it makes you wonder, I have just been going around blogs and websites today reading people's views on it and quite a number of them are seriously scared, are seriously worried about going to a house that has been smoked in before, or of being near a smoker because he might have thirdhand smoke in his hair or his clothes.
It's terrifying really when you think you live in an age of science and reason...
ECD: Well, until we know better we tend to accept what we are told.
Chris: Tend to accept what we are told, but in this instance people are being grievously mislead. But deliberately as well. With the third hand smoke thing, for example, the study that has just come out, when they mixed nitrous acid with absorbed nicotine, the chemistry itself is okay but its meaningless.
What's being done with that experiment which in itself is almost completely pointless, has no practical application, it's been seized on and now we see what happens, it goes around the world, and you tend to say your babies and your children are at risk from, you know, sitting on carpet in a house which used to belong to a smoker and people believe it.
ECD: One example was smokers - not people smoking, smokers - being banned from a hospital waiting room.
Chris: Yeah, sure, yeah. I mean anything like that. I mean that's the point, isn't it? The idea of the study is to make people worried about that, and to make employers turn smokers away for a job even if they are not smoking at work and to really stigmatise smokers. It's deliberate hate mongering and it is a real concern that they are doing this and doing it so fraudulently.
ECD: We actually got three scientists to look at those claims and not one of them would accept it.
Chris: No, it's ludicrous. And from your point of view, with the e-cigarettes, I don't think it is a coincidence that it's come out at this time and that they specifically looked at nicotine. Because this is probably the only way they can have any kind of scientific way to attack the e-cigarette so I think it's primarily aimed at e-cigarettes, really.