Rank Hypocrisy

Perhaps I’m a bit behind the door when it comes to products that are available on the high street and elsewhere. This is due mainly to the fact I don’t watch much TV and when I do and adverts are on, I ignore them. So seeing this today took me by surprise:


This apparently is the Nicorette inhaler. To quote the blurb from their website: “NICORETTE® Inhalator, a clinically proven nicotine replacement aid that provides the hand-to-mouth action of a real cigarette”


This is an ecigarette. Now apart from the obvious physical differences, can anyone tell my why the first is OK and the second is subject to mindless opposition from Tobacco Control??

Doesn’t the ecig provide a hand to mouth action of a real cigarette without “the dangers”?

I have to say I was more than flabbergasted by the hypocrisy of Tobacco Control over this one. Until it dawned on me that one is produced by Big Pharma and t’other aint. What’s to stop a child seeing the Nicorette version and thinking smoking is cool and good for you?

Here’s another snippet from Nicorette’s site on this product:

“Like e-cigarettes, it gives you the hand-to-mouth sensation of smoking, but doesn’t contain any tar or toxins that you’d normally get from a real cigarette. And unlike real cigarettes, you can use it indoors too.”

So they even accept that their product is like an ecigarette!! And yet one is going to be highly regulated to the point of banning it while the other is available from Boots (dunno if a prescription is required)

Could someone tell me when the world went so mad and why. Perhaps it was advertised on TV and I missed it


3 thoughts on “Rank Hypocrisy

  1. Well, I’m not defending the pharmaceutical industry in general. But in this case there is a difference. While the only substances in the Nicorette inhaler are nicotine and menthol – both in controlled medical quality – the E-cigs can contain pretty much whatever, from propylene glycol, diethylene glycol, ethyl acetate, water, nicotine, flavoring (which is as undefined as it gets) to other ingredients that might not even be listed on the pack. Plus, there is no way of telling under which conditions the ingredients are being produced, especially in cheap street-corner brands. Point being: it’s more a question of lack of transparency and quality control than one of actual differences in quality.

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