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    Media: stop with alarmist vaping headlines

    Tobacco treatment specialist says misleading news stories are confusing the public

    Associate Professor Colin Mendelsohn, a tobacco treatment specialist associated with the School of Public Health at the University of NSW, has issued a scathing attack on media outlets for their reportage of medical studies.

    He calls out the headline, ‘Vaping from electronic cigarettes could be as bad for the heart as tobacco’, which was from an article published by the Daily Mail (UK) and syndicated across a range of Australian news services.

    In an opinion piece published on MJA InSight, Mendelsohn says the article is based on a small study that “grossly exaggerates” the risk of vaping and confuses the public about the potentially life-saving e-cigarettes.

    He argues this based the following reasons:

    1. The study adds nothing new.

    Research has already discovered that nicotine causes arterial stiffness and increases blood pressure transiently – and so does drinking coffee, exercise and being exposed to emotional stress, says Mendelsohn.

    2. Health risks associated with vaping are not the same as with cigarettes.

    Heart damage from smoking is caused by a wide range of toxic chemicals, most of which are not present or present at very low levels in e-cigarette vapour.

    E-cigarette use has been found to be a much safer alternative to cigarettes by a recent comprehensive review, and this is a stance that has been taken by Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians in the UK, who concluded that “the risk to health from long-term e-cigarettes use is unlikely to exceed 5% of the harm from smoking tobacco”.

    3. The study is too small and cannot predict long-term risks.

    It involved 24 participants and only looked at temporary changes after 30 minutes of vaping a single e-cigarette, which is “not proof of long-term serious harm” says A/Prof Mendelsohn.

    “However, based on this small study, the author Professor Vlachopoulos advises against the use of e-cigarettes,” writes Mendelsohn, in stark contrast to the UK Royal College of Physicians which recommends that in the interests of public health, e-cigarettes should be promoted as widely as possible as a substitution for smoking.

    “It’s no wonder that people are confused.

    “A recent study reported that 65% of Australians did not know that e-cigarettes were substantially less harmful than conventional cigarettes,” says Mendelsohn.

    “While nicotine is the main cause of addiction to smoking, most of the harm is caused by the thousands of chemicals created by the burning of tobacco.”

    He concludes that scientific research needs to be presented accurately and critically assessed by both scientists and journalists before “being plastered across news services.”

    “Sensational headlines such as this one … spread fear and misinformation and can ultimately increase death and disease by discouraging smokers from switching to vaping, a much less harmful alternative to smoking,” he warns.

    https://ajp.com.au/news/media-stop-a...ing-headlines/

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    Alarmist vaping headlines a hazard to health - MJA InSight 35, 12 September 2016 | doctorportal

    Where predictably Chimpy is Malcolm Roberts'ing in his replies, as normal
    Last edited by stylemessiah; 16-09-16 at 10:42 AM.
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    In the replies Chipy accuses the other commentor of being stupid to try and hammer his point home. What an arse!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cams View Post
    In the replies Chipy accuses the other commentor of being stupid to try and hammer his point home. What an arse!!
    Yeah, im trying to get a login for that doctors only site to respond to the fiend.....he really is a simpering misinforming superiority complex ridden twat

    I got the AJP login pretty easily, and so i get the articles they put out via their newsletter, but the doctorportal one is harder to come by, and sadly the longer he keeps misinforming professionals there without any opposing and reasonable, and more importantly, correct replies, the more damage this idiot can do.

    Why cant he just **** off and take up a hobby like macrame and leave reality alone, instead of distorting it to fit his myopic junk science ridden views
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