Why vapers think e-cigarettes will lead to the end of cigarettes, and why their optimism may be misplaced – Robin Ireland


When:  Thursday, February 18th 2016, 8.00 – 11.00 PM
Where: The Vines, 81 Lime St, Liverpool

12669630_10153893248421407_6777622822202736037_nElectronic cigarettes are a hot topic and not only in public health forums. Public Health England have pronounced e-cigs as around “95% less harmful than tobacco”. However the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in America and the World Health Organisation take a much more precautionary stance. The latter view ‘Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS)’ as having potential public health benefits but these are yet unproven. Robin Ireland, a Liverpool-based public health advocate, will discuss the evidence as much as it is available in the context of tobacco control efforts in England.

Robin is Chief Executive of Heart of Mersey and the Health Equalities Group originally established in 2003 to address the inequitable levels of heart disease and stroke on Merseyside. Robin was awarded his Master of Public Health at the University of Liverpool in 2007 and was elected Member of the Faculty of Public Health through Distinction in 2015. His position on e-cigs has led him to be vilified by vapers on social media whilst the Institute of Economic Affairs has branded the Health Equalities Group, “Sock Puppets”.

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  1. #1 by Jessica Harding on February 11, 2016 - 00:09

    This speaker event looks fascinating. I do take issue with the title though. What is the foundation for the assertion that “vapers think e-cigarettes will lead to the end of cigarettes”? Vapers aren’t a homogeneous mass – we don’t all speak as one voice. I don’t think you can assert that “vapers” think that (I suspect in fact that many don’t).

  2. #2 by Fergus Mason on February 11, 2016 - 19:37

    “His position on e-cigs has led him to be vilified by vapers on social media”

    That’s not entirely accurate. His behaviour, including numerous proven incidents of dishonesty, has led him to be vilified by vapers on social media. Ireland is far from a sceptic – he’s a fully-fledged acolyte of the Church of Prohibition – and I hope the admirable people at Merseyside Skeptics will keep that in mind.

  3. #3 by Robin Ireland on February 18, 2016 - 06:54

    Fair comment, Jessica. The title and blurb is of course designed to encourage debate . My experience is to be ‘shouted at’ by vapers and it will be good to have a more balanced discussion.
    I am not in favour of prohibition despite the other comment on the website.

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