This one quote unmasks drakeford

Sorry, no flashy pictures or anything this time, need to get these words out of my fingers.

So, today, a majority of Welsh politicians voted for an extended ban on the places that you can vape indoors in Wales.

A ban that they’re pushing ahead with, despite KNOWING that it’s causing all kinds of wrong – damaging local economies, sending out the message that vaping is the same as smoking and therefore leading to more people sticking to smoking, more deaths, more ignorance, more ridiculous needless bureaucracy, smugness, anger, having to see Mark Drakeford’s ridiculous toad like face on articles.

All kinds of wrong.

You can read more about it in this article, written by a proper newspaper and everything

And a welsh one at that

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/hopes-stopping-potential-e-cigarette-9567263

Out of that article one bit in particular stood out for me, one bit that seemed to pull the veil off his supposed “health” crusade.

“Assembly Members said if vaping was restricted to protect children from exposure to seeing the devices, why should drinking alcohol not be banned around young people.

But Prof Drakeford said the parallel was “utterly fallacious” saying he couldn’t turn the clock back on already steeped in society.”

There – he couldn’t turn the clock back on something already steeped in society.      This is about him wanting to have control over something.    He doesn’t give a rhino’s ringpiece about the outcome, it’s his idea and he’s running with it.

He’s also admitting that he knows alcohol causes a fuck ton of damage to children but he can’t be arsed to do anything about it.    So he’s going after an easy target and to hell with the consequences.

Toad faced buffoon

Thanks for reading – do follow, do the facebook thing, twitter, other things, probably tumblr or something

And keep on vaping – INDOORS in Wales – how the beshizzle are they going to police it for a start?

 

 

More infuriating no vaping signs

Two years ago, they were as rare as unicorn eggs but now, in retail establishments, public houses and *gulp* workplaces, “NO VAPING” signs are cropping up all over the place.

Maybe they’re like gremlins.   We should just stop feeding them after midnight.   Come on, own up, who’s been feeding the signs after midnight?

Oh, yeah, you there, Mr Tabloid, it’s you isn’t it.   You’ve been feeding those signs, printing lies in your newspaper.

You there, miss management at a national pub chain, you read that newspaper don’t you.

Oi, Carol in HR, you’ve put up signs at work, most likely after midnight I’ll wager, because you’ve read the newspaper as well.

And more signs leads to more signs.   The more people see the signs, the more people think it’s normal to have the bloody signs.

Which leads me onto the fact that, where I work, they’ve put up, yeah, you guessed it………..SIGNS!!!!

Last year, there were no smoking signs up.  Since 2007 we’ve known that there’s no smoking indoors.  We don’t need signs.   We need those signs as much as we need signs that tell us not to defecate in poundland or murder people in a branch of Greggs.   Yes there’ll be a sign to be aware that the contents of our sausage and bean bake might be a little hot but, the other things are a given.

But, when I came back from my christmas break, the no smoking signs had been covered with new signs that said CTC_eCig-Poster

“NO SMOKING – INCLUDING ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES”

Firstly – analysing that statement, what the HELL does it mean?  I get the no smoking part but, if you’re stating that there’s no smoking – and that includes electronic cigarettes then you’re, by definition stating that electronic cigarettes ARE smoking.

Clearly that’s complete unicorn shit (I like writing about unicorns) for a start but, we can’t expect the makers of this sign – or the people that bought it to be informed enough to make the distinction between vaping and smoking.

If they were to realise that distinction, they would also realise that, in effect, the sign makes as much sense as having a sign that said:

 

NO SMOKING

 

Thanks for reading – please do share, follow, retweet, cast spells, whatever you wanna do.  Keep the information flowing – this – and humour is our greatest weapon in the fight against those who want to restrict our right to do something we enjoy, that causes no harm to those around us and STOPS MILLIONS OF PEOPLE SMOKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CHEERS!

VC

 

 

Unattended Battery Charger Causes House Fire

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A father of two suffered horrific
burns to his face and arms after leaving
a rechargeable battery UNATTENDED
whilst charging.

The 30-year-old said it felt like
someone had held a blow torch to his
face during the 4.30am ordeal.

 

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A blowtorch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He frantically put out the flames
with a pillow and gathered up his two
young kids and fiancee to get them
out of the house.
Despite repeated warnings in the
media NOT to leave batteries charging
whilst unattended, Kevin SLEPT
with the battery charging on his PILLOW.

 

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A pillow – deadly if held over the face, choked with or repeatedly hit until eventually it caused a graze which turned infected

A source from the local fire department
commented
“Every year, thousands of house
fires are caused by people leaving battery
chargers unattended. We urge
the public to thoroughly familiarise
themselves with the safety information
surrounding these products, to
always use the correct charger and
NEVER to sleep while their batteries
are charging. This includes mobile
phones, tablet computers, electronic
cigarettes – in fact anything with a
rechargeable battery”
Do YOU think rechargeable batteries
should be BANNED? Click below
to vote in our poll.

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So, obviously this is a fake headline but, apart from the comment from the fake fire service “source” (like any “sources” in newspapers are ever real people), the rest of the story is true.

It’s a horrible thing to happen and the poor victim has my deepest sympathies.

Accidents happen all the time.   Caused by people, caused by nature, caused by pets, caused by electrical items, caused by CARS, for gods sake, there’s thousands of those kind of accidents EVERY DAY

But none of these things  (apart from the major ones) make the news.   In fact, if the headline in a newspaper appeared as the one in this post, it would barely make the first few pages of a local paper, let alone a large national paper with a huge readership.

The poor chap that’s the focus of this story has been vilified, abused and criticised online, not only is he having to deal with the injuries, he’s having to deal with an onslaught of vapers hurling crap at him.   People are angry that yet another story has come out that will be used by those in power to shape their ill informed decisions and read by the public who are becoming increasingly intolerant of vaping as a result.

I don’t want to get into the in’s and out’s of battery safety or user error or any of that business, it’s happened, what can he and us learn from it?

1 – Don’t leave charging batteries unattended
2 – If you don’t follow number 1 and cause a fire, please don’t sell your story to the papers

Vape safely people!

And thanks to everyone that has read my blog so far, shared it, commented on it and all that jazz.    The vaping community is getting despondent, we’ve not lost the fight.

And, even if they think they’ve won, we’ll do it anyway!

VC

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Don’t drink the Water

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I saw this picture on facebook recently, it followed a similar image I saw describing the dangers of oxygen.

Whilst there is both humourous and scientific entertainment value to be gleaned from the photo what I like about it is that it exposes the ridiculousness of the common or garden anti vaping meme or link that gets rattled around the interweb by Daily Fail readers .

The point is, behind all of the click grabbing headlines about popcorn lung and cancer, EVERYTHING is harmful to  you – at a certain point.

Likewise EVERYTHING is not harmful to you – at a certain point.

  • Arsenic – not harmful to you – at a certain point
  • Cyanide – not harmful to you – at a certain point
  • Nicotine – YOU GET THE PICTURE
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Some Arsenic, yesterday (looks like a transformers dick)

And on the flipside – all of these things will kill you – at a certain point (this is not an exhaustive list)

oranges, water, air, oxygen, milk, potatoes, cheese, broccoli, pasta, ice cream, apples, crisps (chips if you’re in the U States of America), cereal bars, pot noodles, your own fingernails, life.

I said it wasn’t an exhaustive list.

So, whilst I do not encourage the sharing of ANY anti vaping propaganda, I do encourage the sharing of any photos that parody the stupidity of the bad science these trashy media outlets regurgitate

Share, comment, like, love, hate, speak, FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO VAPE!!!!!!

 

VC

 

A big middle finger from vapers everywhere

 

 

I would like to warn more sensitive readers, during the earlier part of this post that this post is highly likely to contain language some people will find hideously offensive.    Those sensitive people being you.

 

 

 

 

So, fuck off.

 

Anyway, now that lot are out of the way, let’s get down to business, talking like grownups and all sweary and that.

I was driving earlier today and, somewhat internally as my wife was with me, I developed seething feelings that had built up over the course of the past few months.

Anger that our lives are being impacted by politicians with no accountability, anger that the UK and indeed international press just copies and pastes any old shit and puts it out into the public sphere as FACT, anger that my right to do something I enjoy doing which causes no harm to those around me is being slowly eroded and there’s nothing I can do about it.cloud-vapour_1

And the one, perpetual phrase that just echoed around my head was:

“FUCK OFF, all of you, just fuck off”

I didn’t scream it out loud, mainly as my son was also in the car but on it went, like a mantra, progressively etching it’s way into my subconscious.

All of you, you corrupt politicians taking donations from tobacco and pharmaceutical companies, you snake oil salesmen smoking cessation and ANTZ zealots, you bribed professors and university researchers with an obvious agenda, just fuck off and let us get on with doing what we want to do.snake-oil-salesman

If your country is lacking in tax, how fucking dare you put the lives of people at risk by continuing to reap tax dollars from a product you KNOW 100% is highly likely to kill people (tobacco) and endorse legislation to crush a safer and far more enjoyable alternative (vaping) then you can FUCK OFF

If your job is to help people stop smoking and secretly you know that if you succeed in stopping people smoking you’ll be out of a job then you’re an evil bastard and, at the very least you deserve to be out of a job FUCK OFF

If you work for a news outlet and knowingly spread bullshit stories about vaping being the same or WORSE than smoking then you have the deaths of thousands of people on your hands.   Do yourself and all of us a favour and please,

FUCK OFF.

There’s a lot of anger and bile building up on social media now the FDA in the US and the EU over here in the UK (shit that’s a load of acronyms) as the impending laws grow closer and closer and more and more corrupt and ridiculous by the second, people are starting to panic.

And that’s great, maybe now we’re all starting to wake up to what’s about to happen, maybe this last minute burst of activity will get the actual, real, untampered science to be heard and for any regulation and laws to be passed based on that evidence.

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image courtesy of http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/yeah-science-bitch

Or maybe the corruption and the acts of governments that care more about tax than peoples lives will continue.

And if that’s the case, our final FUCK OFF is that we’re going to do it anyway.   Piss about with your stupid laws, make yourselves feel important, we enjoy vaping, we’re going to carry on doing it.

And, if you try to stop us, you know what the reply is going to be….

 

VC

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Image from Godfrey Girling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d95lo8yGtPk

 

 

 

Renormalising Normal

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I watch films.   Some new films, some old films, some kind of in the middle films.   In summary, films from all ages.

And frequently in these films I see people – I think they’re called Actors, smoking.   Yes, that’s right, SMOKING (dramatic music of some kind)

Evil, evil SMOKING (more dramatic music)

So, we all know SMOKING is evil, yeah.   For me I’ve known smoking was evil, way back to the 1980’s when there were those superman posters with him battling “Nick O’ Teen” – an 80 a day or so smoker, quite possibly Irish with that surname who, for some reason, wanted to get everyone smoking.

Of course Superman always beat him, firstly because he’s Superman and secondly even a non-superman could beat an 80 a day smoker in a fight.

But, that aside, I know Smoking is evil, we all know smoking is evil but, you still see it in the movies.

Yes, probably a lot less than back in heady days of the 1950’s when everyone smoked in films, even children but still, smoking is a normal image in movies.kid-smoking

As it is on TV programmes.  And on the street, loads of people are doing it on the street, mainly because they can’t smoke indoors but you still see lots and lots of people smoking.

We know it’s unhealthy but, still, it is considered and, let’s face it always will be considered normal behaviour.

When you see a smoker you think “urgh, god that’s unhealthy”   You don’t think “Urgh, god that’s not normal”

So where does this notion of “Re-normalising” smoking come from.?

If vaping is “renormalising” smoking, please tell me, when did smoking stop becoming normal?  I want an exact date and time please.  Or at least a survey.   Yes, survey some people.   Even just 10 people.

1 Question, 2 Options:

Is smoking normal:

Yes
No

Actually, I’ll save you having to do the survey – IT’S NORMAL.

So you can’t renormalise something that’s normal.

There you go Mr Mark Drakeford – there’s the sort of version of science you can get your head around.    Use that in your policy making.

 

VC

 

Please do share, comment, get in touch, send me cheques, fine wines or just think about me every so often.  I’m doing this blog because I truly believe vaping is the health revolution for the world and I want to stop the people that want to stop it.

Like superman.   Or Batman.  I’m getting my DC characters mixed up.

 

Don’t share lies

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So, assuming we’ve all been on the internet a while, I’m sure you’ve all come across those shitty chain letter type social media posts.

“Forward this to 10 friends and something amazing will happen to you in the next 7 days and, if you don’t your feet will turn into parsnips”

Or something along those lines.

Well, most of us, or at least those of us with an element of logic or at the very least intelligence would think:

“This is just some crappy chain letter type thing, it has no control over my life, I shall just ignore it”

Those without logic or intelligence would forward it on, thereby perpetuating the situation by recruiting more logicless idiots to the cause.

No  harm done.

But, every time somebody shares that “E-Cigs Have 10x More Cancer Causing Ingredients Than Regular Cigarettes”  article, the potential harm could be far, far greater.

This article – with the exact same picture – has been doing the rounds for over a year at least now.

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And, for every smoker that sees that, there’s a very strong chance they won’t make the switch to a far, far less harmful alternative.

There’s a very strong chance they won’t stop smoking

There’s a very strong chance they’ll die from smoking

So, when you share that article, you are sharing lies, you are sharing propaganda.  You are sharing the results of a flawed “scientific” study that was designed by people with a predetermined outcome in mind

  • to put people off electronic cigarettes, get them back on either pharmaceutically approved nicotine therapies or keep them smoking so they funnel lots of lovely tax money back into the government’s pockets

Do your research, don’t share sensationalist BULLSHIT

It’s not a matter of ridiculous chain-letter superstition, it’s a matter of people’s lives

 

VC

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The Wibbly Wobbly World of Mark Drakeford

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Hi Kids, my name is Mark Drakeford.    I am a “Politician”.    Politicians are special people that are chosen to make big, important decisions for less special people that are too stupid to think for themselves.

When I’m not being a “Politician” I spend my time riding my pet unicorn across technicoloured rainbows in a magical, two-mooned, pixie-filled land called Wales.unicorn

Wales is a beautiful place.   The sky is a stunning shade of purple, the clouds are made of candy floss and every animal sings a happy tune that sounds like a cross between the songs of “Frozen” and the Manic Street Preachers.

Wales also has a lot of people that smoke.   Smoking is bad.   Not only does it turn the candy floss clouds a weird yellowey colour, it also kills people and affects the singing ability of our animals so, I want it stopped.

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Me Being Happy

Thing is, Wales (and lots of other countries around the world) make a lot of money from people smoking so, rather than stop it completely we put lots of laws and rules in place to “try” and get people to stop.    This makes us politicians look good and keeps me in a job.  That makes me happy.

One of these laws was to stop people smoking indoors.        Since the year 2007, if you smoked indoors in wales (apart from in your home or a friend’s home) a policeman would put you in Jail.   That would be bad – firstly because prison is bad and secondly because in the year 2016, if you’re put in Jail in Wales, you can’t smoke there either.   We haven’t yet decided what happens to you after that, maybe we’ll make a special super jail, just for smokers.

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Hon Lik, looking so attractive he makes me wanna SMOKE

Now, a few years ago, a nasty Chinese man called Hon Lik invented something called the “Electronic Cigarette”.   This confused me because, whilst I like electricity as it helps me to catch up on episodes of Pobol Y Cym, I most definitely DON’T like cigarettes.

Turns out that these Electronic Cigarettes make you feel like you’re smoking.   I don’t like that either.   Even worse they LOOK like you’re smoking.  I really, really don’t like that and neither does Aled (my pet unicorn).

One night, Aled and I were talking in bed and he came up with a brilliant idea.   “If these electronic cigarettes look and feel like smoking, maybe they’re going to make people START smoking and, if people can’t smoke indoors, maybe we should stop people using electronic cigarettes indoors as well”

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Aled’s bedroom – with a funny cartoon pic of me dressed as a vicar on the wall

“Brilliant”  I thought.   “Not only are you an efficient and fabulous looking method of transportation, you’re also an excellent policy advisor – I know you have trouble typing with those hooves but, can you draft a bill so I can take it to my friends in the Welsh Government”

So, as Aled frantically hooved away at the keyboard, I got dressed up in my special Politician suit, made from the lung tissue of dead smokers and prepared to take “my” brilliant idea to the Welsh Government to make sure that nothing that looks like smoking ever takes place inside again in Wales (unless you’re in your house, or a friends house and providing that house isn’t being used by anyone doing a job or looking like they’re doing a job- this also includes Nicorette inhalers which, despite being a licenced medical product and prescribed by Doctors, in my mind look like smoking, blah blah blah, pffft, wibble, ping, ta dah)

On the way to the Welsh Parliament, sat astrode Aled’s back, whilst looking down at the green pastures of Wales and seeing his luminescent glitter trail cascading behind me I thought to myself –

“If I’m trying to stop people using electronic cigarettes indoors because it looks like smoking and, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary , believe that they are making people smoke, maybe I should draft up some other bills, just to be safe”

Unfortunately, for the last 4 months or so, Aled has been rather poorly, something to do with rectal bleeding or something so I’ve not been able to transport these new bills to the Welsh Parliament but, for your delectation and delight, here are my suggestions for some other things to ban:

  • Sugar – because it looks like Cocaine
  • Fruit – because it’s a healthier version of fast food and that will encourage people to eat fast food
  • Driving slowly – because that will encourage people to drive quickly
  • Walking on pavements – because that will encourage people to walk in the road
  • Water – because it encourages people to drink alcohol
  • Calpol – because it’s aggressively marketed to children and is a gateway drug
  • Staying alive (ha ha ha staying alive) because that will encourage people to be dead
    (although I can’t be THAT bothered about people being dead, given that I’m passing a bill that will help to increase smoking rates in Wales)
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Sugar, basically makes you take crack and stuff

But that’s all for another day.

For now, I’m keeping myself busy with making up lies, quoting disproven “scientific” research and generally ignoring anyone that doesn’t agree with me.     Exhausting enough as it is.

And even though those fools in England who have used actual evidence to draft their policies state that vaping is up to 95% less harmful than smoking and is contributing to the biggest fall in smoking rates we have seen in modern times, I’m right, they’re wrong, na na na na, fingers in ears, can’t hear you, yeah.

Looks like smoking, causes smoking.   The sky is purple, we have two moons and I’m having an intimate sexual relationship with a Male Unicorn.

Thanks for reading

MD (It’s like I’m a doctor just because of my initials)

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The Vaped Crusader 2015
@davapedcrusader
https://www.facebook.com/thevcrusader

Please share if you like, comment if you like, argue if you don’t and let’s get these messages out there

VC

Advocacy Fatigue

Vaped Crusader Fatigue

Regular readers of this blog may have noticed that, over the last couple of weeks the blog has become, well, less regular.

It’s not because I’ve stopped vaping, it’s not because I’ve stopped caring about the millions of smokers lives that could be saved through vaping, I just haven’t felt the need to blog.

I’ve tried to pinpoint the reasons why – I’ve been extremely busy over the last few weeks with work, family life and the fact that I’ve had a part in an upcoming horror film but, throughout all of these things, I’ve still been vaping and still had many enjoyable debates about the politics of vaping as well as being an active contributor to the many vaping groups I’m a member of on Facebook.

So, to simplify things I’ve invented a completely (as far as I’m aware) made up condition – Advocacy Fatigue.

My initial drive for writing this blog was off the back of Totally Wicked’s Article 20 campaign.   I wanted to make more people – vapers, smokers and non smokers alike aware of the changes in the law regarding electronic cigarettes and that, these changes, by treating vaping the same as tobacco smoking, will be hugely detrimental to the lives of millions.     This should be as much of interest to non smokers as it is smokers and ex smokers/vapers.

I wanted to try and educate those who possibly felt that vaping was as harmful as smoking and wanted to have a more open platform than my facebook updates or tweets.

The first post I wrote had thousands of reads.   Within a couple of days it was up to around the 3k mark.  I was overjoyed.    And, in the first few weeks of starting this blog, felt a real surge in creativity, at one point writing two or three new articles every day (not every one was published)

I kind of felt like I’d done my job.    Over the past week, Totally Wicked have handed their petition in (I couldn’t attend the handing in due to work and the previously mentioned horror film – something which, to be frank, I’m exceedingly disappointed in myself for), my facebook news feed is filled with pro vaping meme’s, messages and calls to action and, to be honest, I just didn’t feel that my little blog was making any impact.

And besides, everyone else is doing their bit so, why am I needed.

But, today I’ve had a change of heart.   The battle is still not yet won.   There are still corrupt politicians passing laws that they KNOW will harm public health, there are still tobacco lobbyists having clandestine meetings to help crush this threat to their industry, there are still pharmaceutical manufacturers knowingly spreading lies about vaping to protect the sales of their own inefficient nicotine replacement products and, even if only one other person reads my blog and has their opinions changed for the better, that’s potentially another life saved.

So, Advocacy fatigue aside, the fight still needs to be fought.

The Vaped Crusader rises again!