E-cigs have been mired in controversy for years.
The author of highly restrictive EU e-cig regulations was accused of soliciting bribes from tobacco companies and had to resign.
He was later found moving millions of euros to an offshore bank account.
E-cig scientists have written to the EU claiming their studies were twisted to support the case for regulation.
The EU is accused of having dozens of secret meetings with the tobacco industry while writing the regulations.
I could go on.
But now the controversy has moved to the UK.
A new Freedom of Information request appears to show evidence that the UK Chief Medical Officer Sally Davies tried to stop Public Health England from asking for video opinions from tobacco control professionals.
You can read the full story here on Dick Puddlecote’s blog.
Of course, the story didn’t end there.
The Public Health England review concluded e-cigs were 95% safer than tobacco cigarettes.
But it was followed by a disgraceful smear campaign, in which opponents attempted to insinuate the authors were motivated by links to pharmaceutical or tobacco companies.
Noticeably, there was no attack on the actual evidence base!
What do you think? Is there a deliberate attempt to suppress evidence e-cigs are safer than tobacco cigarettes? And if so, why?
Update: Fortunately, there is support in government for e-cigarettes! David Cameron has praised e-cigs, saying they they had helped “over a million” to quit and described e-cigarettes as a “very legitimate path” for smokers. Comment can be seen on BBC IPlayer here at 12:19.