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Case closed, mystery solved

Last week I wrote about a mystery demo in Whitehall.

According to the Observer (May 21):

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'd seen the protest promoted in advance on Twitter. What I didn't understand was why there was no evidence (photos, tweets etc) of it actually happening.

One tweet, posted ahead of the demo, mentioned that ITV News would be filming.

I have now been told that consumer editor Chris Choi did indeed turn up to record the protest and interview participants ... but no-one was there.

No matter, thanks to the Observer it's on record that a demo took place outside the Department of Health.

So, case closed. Mystery solved.

PS. Over 100 people attended the launch of Forest EU in Brussels last night. Report to follow.

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