BBC Scotland’s fearless investigative reporters with a ‘wee guy’ from the Scotsman, have used that Freedom of Information act so not-loved by their bosses, to expose the flagrant and fragrant waste of public money on criminals. In their repeated reporting, they have headlined the costs before letting one of the prison governors claim that it’s a good thing. The NHS ‘landmark’, longitudinal (goooood) study, published nearly two years ago, was ignored despite its peer-reviewed rigour and dramatic headline claim:
Here is more from the study summary:
‘E-cigarettes contain nicotine but not many of the harmful substances produced by smoking tobacco, such as tar or carbon monoxide. However, there has been debate about exactly how safe their long-term use is. The study, involving 181 smokers or ex-smokers, has been described as “landmark” as it is thought to be the first (or at least one of the first) looking at long-term vaping outcomes in “real world” users. Previous studies of this kind have mainly relied on laboratory equipment, or animal research, to estimate the long-term effects of e-cigarettes. This study provides evidence that e-cigarettes and NRT can reduce harm to smokers by reducing exposure to toxic chemicals. The evidence would also seem to support Public Health England’s 2015 report that “E-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than tobacco”.’
I suppose if they had given space to the research that might have undermined their agenda to enrage the public with the subliminal message:
‘SNP blamed for massive cost of free vapes for convicted prisoners!’
A BBC reporter asked taxpayers in St Andrews’ and most said:
‘I hope the fuckin SNP leader gets lung cancer!