A Tory MP used PMQs to solicit an endorsement of e-cigarettes from David Cameron — after receiving £1,650 in hospitality from a manufacturer of e-cigarettes.
Rugby MP Mark Pawsey (video 17:20 here):
“will the prime minister join me in highlighting the role that e-cigarettes can play in helping people give up tobacco for good?”
Cameron responded — to the delight of the e-cigs industry:
“It is promising to see that a million people have used e-cigarettes to help them quit or replace cigarettes with e-cigarettes completely, so I think we should be making clear that this is a very legitimate path to improve their health”
Mark Pawsey is the chair of a pro-vaping all party parliamentary group (APPG), established in late 2014.
The group’s point of contact is listed as lobbyist Ian Gregory of ABZED Communications, who “worked for three [unnamed] clients in the e-cigarette sector”. Gregory is also listed, via another lobbying outfit, as a press contact for E-Lites e-cigarettes.