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Chris Luke, the self-appointed anti-drugs czar of Cork’s Mercy Hospital has a history of making slightly bizarre claims regarding the scourge of drugs on society. His previous attention grabbing headlines include that Breaking Bad is responsible for the use of crystal meth, and the global financial crisis is based on the use of cocaine in society.
So his new headline-snatching rant claiming that electronic cigarettes are the new methadone is perhaps not surprising considering the prominence of e-cigarettes in the news. But to make such an inexplicable leap surely renders his self-appointed title as misplaced.
How can a medical professional put his own reputation on the line with such an unsubstantiated, idiotic declaration? Electronic cigarettes are assisting millions of people to move from their tobacco based counterparts – saving lives and reducing the financial burden on global health systems.
The fact that two children ended up in Cork’s Mercy Hospital as a consequence of ingesting e-liquid is sad but not related to e-cigarettes and vaping being dangerous. Of course, drinking a nicotine laced liquid is dangerous and potentially fatal – it is a poison in any form of large dose. But so is bleach, medicines, alcohol or marmite (believe me I tried that one).
What is worrying is how responsible journalists simply jump on the e-cigarette band wagon without looking at the facts. Will the Examiner’s Claire O’Sullivan, for whom I have the utmost respect as a journalist, be reporting on the next case that ends up in A&E with bleach poisoning or a child having ingested Toilet Duck. These household poisons are simply kept away from children, the warning are on the packaging, including on e-liquid bottles. But unfortunately accidents do happen and this case falls under that category – an unfortunate accident.
So, come on journos, don’t tarnish your reputation by trying to shock with an overhyped headline. By all means report on vaping but look into the facts and enter the debate in an informed fashion. – we’re ready for the discussion.
(All opinions are those of purplebox vapours).
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