According to anin the Legislative Gazette, New York state Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) is publicly claiming that electronic cigarettes will lead to an entire generation of youth becoming lifetime smokers. She also attacked the tobacco companies for lying about these products.
In the article, she is quoted as stating: “The tobacco companies are using the same tactics and lies they used to say about regular cigarettes. By accepting e-cigs we are hooking a new generation on a lifetime of smoking.”
Rosenthal also blasted the Conservative Party, claiming that they want to “wait until people get sick” and that
they are “standing up for something that is harmful.”
So where is the lie? Before Assemblywoman Rosenthal publicly accuses the tobacco companies of lying to the public, she ought to provide the specific statement(s) that she asserts are false. The rest of the story is that it is shewho is lying to the public.
Rosenthal’s third lie is that the Conservative Party is standing up for a product that is harmful. The truth is that the Conservative Party is standing up for a product that is not known to cause any substantial harm and which, instead, is helping many smokers quit smoking, and thus improving their health and potentially saving their lives. Ironically, it is the Conservative Party which is standing up for the protection of the public’s health and Rosenthal who is protecting the sales of the most toxic tobacco products on the market: real cigarettes.
By Dr M Siegel
Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health.
In a commentary that appears both atand , Jacob Sullum, senior editor at Reason magazine calls out the CDC for lying to the public about electronic cigarettes.
It is quite clear at this point that the CDC’s statements are not simply mistakes or oversights. The deception is intentional, and it is part of a deliberate campaign to pull the wool over the eyes of the public. The CDC wants the public to think that e-cigarettes contain tobacco to help prevent people froom believing (quite correctly) that vaping is safer than smoking.
The CDC also wants the public to believe (quite incorrectly) that e-cigarette experimentation is leading to smoking addiction among youth. Only such a dramatic piece of misinformation could offset the clear public health benefits that vaping has provided to smokers. One way to alter the true cost-benefit mix is to lie about there being no benefits and at the same time, lie about there being severe costs.
With regards to the electronic cigarette issue, the CDC has long since left the realm of practicing public health. It has also left the realm of scientific rigor and of ethical public health practice.
Author Dr Michael Siegel.
Dr. Siegel is a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health.
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