CDC and ALA called out in public for lying and misleading the public.
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.