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It's a mystery 

There was a demo in Whitehall last week.

According to the Observer:

On Friday the New Nicotine Alliance, led by Professor Gerry Stimson, a public health expert, protested against the new measures outside the Department of Health. “Vaping has helped 1.5 million give up smoking,” Stimson said. “This extraordinary success is put at risk by rules that make vaping less attractive to Britain’s 9 million current smokers.”

I was aware of the planned protest because I'd seen several references to it online. One read:

There'll be a last minute protest against the TPD, with manufacturers and vapers, outside the Department of Health in Whitehall in London at 9.30am on Friday. The protest is supported by ECITA, Flavour Vapours, NNA and others.

Another said the demo was being filmed by ITN.

The plan, I understand, was for independent vape companies to dump their now illegal stock outside the DH for a photo opp.

As PR stunts go it was a pretty good idea although you'd need a small mountain of the stuff to truly make the point.

(The French are particularly good at this sort of thing. In July 2015, for example, French tobacconists dumped four tonnes of carrots on the street in protest against the introduction of plain packaging.)

Anyway I looked forward to reading more and seeing photos of the event on the day but hard though I looked I couldn't find anything online.

I checked the ECITA, Flavour Vapours and NNA Twitter accounts. Zero.

I visited their websites. Zip.

I checked on Facebook. Zilch.

I checked the Twitter accounts of people I thought might be there. Nada.

I'm not being critical. I wish all these groups and companies well. But why no tweets, photos or posts about the protest as it was happening, or after?

I'm genuinely curious because it's a mystery.

If there are any photos or reports of Friday's demo that I've missed please let me know and I'll be happy to link to them.

PS. Had to laugh. On Thursday the NNA tweeted:

Time to Brexit the TPD! Join the protest at 0930 tomorrow at Department of Health, Whitehall.

Gerry Stimson, who chairs the NNA, is a fervent Remainer but if it wasn't for Brexit the UK wouldn't have the option of repealing some of the TPD regulations.

Perhaps it's time for Gerry to change his tune on Brexit?

Just saying!!

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Reader Comments (4)

The protest is mentioned here:

Monday, May 22, 2017 at 23:39 | Unregistered CommenterClaudia

Claudia, that's the same report I quoted from in my post. What I'd like to see are pictures of the protest. Bizarre that no-one seems to have taken any or posted anything online.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7:15 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

Stupid of me to link to the article you quoted. Sorry!

Mentioned here - completely at the end of the article, just one sentence.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 0:20 | Unregistered CommenterClaudia

Thanks, Claudia, but that comment comes from the article I quoted. I've yet to see any photographs of the demo or any first hand reports from anyone who was there. As I say, it's a mystery.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 7:38 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

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