The new ad campaign we talk about in yesterday’s post has received an outstanding amount of backlash from vapers everywhere. Since it’s creation by the Twitter account @sftobaccofree there have been over 640 tweets posted with the #curbit hashtag. Not a single tweet by anyone other than @sftobaccofree has anything positive to say about the ad campaign, and indeed the vast majority express anger or disappointment with the lies being propagated. I’m currently actively watching tag, and new post are coming in literally every couple of minutes. Hopefully, @sftobaccofree gets the message.
There are so many things wrong about these ads that it’s hard to know where to start. Because of the dozens of lies that are being so blatantly told, like those we covered yesterday, this campaign had serious potential to do some real damage to public health in San Francisco. Thankfully, no one seems to be taking it seriously except for those who would frown upon vaping anyway. Even a modicum of research reveals the truth. It seems quite possible, if not extremely likely, that this campaign will be shut down in the very near future. Due to the false nature of their claims, SF Tobacco Free and the SF Department of Health may very well be sued for libel by vape stores in San Francisco. It is not alright to spread misinformation, especially about technology with the potential to help people. If they were actually trying to help the public, there would be no issue here, and none of this wonderful and righteous outrage.
If you use Twitter, go look at the posts under the #curbit hashtag and make some yourself. A recent article posted in Forbes is also worth a look, as it fairly well sums up the public opinion of this topic, although they are not talking specifically about San Francisco. This is such an important issue, and one which we all need to inform ourselves on and take action about.