Moment Of Silly: E-Cigs May Be “Every Bit As Dangerous” As Smoking
The Director of the University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center told a Kentucky state legislative panel that research into electronic cigarettes is lacking and suggests that they might be every bit as harmful as tobacco smoking. The director, Dr. Mark Evers, seems more than willing to bend the truth and ignore a surprising amount of research going against this argument.
Like so many other “evidence-based” electronic cigarette opponents, Evers is unwilling to accept any current research. At the same time, he is going out of his way to imply something it seems possible he knows isn’t true. Essentially he’s saying “This isn’t likely, but it is, under the most flexible definition of scientific possibility, electronic cigarettes may be as harmful as tobacco cigarettes.”
He’s certainly not the first and he certainly won’t be the last.
Kentucky has been a bit of a battleground for the electronic cigarette debate. Anti-smoking advocates are perhaps more gung-ho in the state because it has among the worst smoking rates in the nation at something around 29%. This has also creating a study e-cig community. Kentucky may serve as a proving ground for the most audacious and ridiculous anti-e-cig arguments.