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CDC spokesperson blatantly lies about smoking during Deseret News interview

In a November 1, 2016 article in the Deseret News about the possible dangers of e-cigarettes, a spokesperson for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) blatantly lied when asked about the comparative dangers of smoking.  Unfortunately, the reporter, Lois M. Collins, seems to have either missed or completed glossed over the ridiculous claim because the lie was published in quotes by the newspaper without follow-up or clarification.

The CDC spokesperson in question is Dr. Brian King, the agency’s Deputy Director of Research Translation.  His sole reason for employment by the CDC is to accurately translate the scientific mumbo-jumbo stated in numerous research studies into a language that the average American can easily understand.

Yet when a spokesperson from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) made the claim that "alternative non-combustible products that contain nicotine but not tobacco are not harmless, particularly to young people,” Dr. King’s response was both shocking and completely irresponsible.

"Just reducing the number (of smoked cigarettes) doesn't reduce health risks…You have to quit completely."

So, if the CDC and Dr. King are correct, then there is no significant difference in potentially negative health effects between a 2-pack per day smoker and someone who smokes only five cigarettes per day?  This statement is completely and totally false, and Dr. King knows it.    

Why is the CDC lying about e-cigs and vaping?

Most physicians will admit that smoking tobacco at any regularity is harmful to one’s health.  In fact, because the atherosclerotic effects of smoked tobacco saturate at very low doses, reducing the number of cigarettes that one smokes every day does not automatically decrease the health risks of heart disease.  However, when discussing the risks of respiratory diseases, Dr. King’s statement is an outright lie.


To put this another way, if someone is suffering from a respiratory disorder that reduces lung capacity, then every single cigarette smoked is like another nail in their coffin.  Therefore, a patient smoking 80-cigarettes per day is going to witness their health deteriorate at a substantially faster pace than a similar patient smoking only five cigarettes per day. That’s a nearly 94 percent reduction, and no doctor would ever reprimand a patient for making such tremendous progress.

Except for Dr. King.

Luckily, another well-known physician strongly disagrees.  According to Dr. Siegel, Professor at Boston University School of Public Health, Dr. King and the CDC are notorious for spreading intentionally misleading information and outright lies about vaping and e-cigs.

“Anyone who, like myself, has treated smokers with respiratory disease and listened to what they had to say can tell you that most (if not all) heavy smokers who drastically reduce their cigarette consumption experience substantial improvement in their respiratory symptoms. Moreover, such smokers experience objective improvement in lung function, as measured by spirometry.”

Physicians like Dr. Siegel worry that public statements like the ones made by Dr. King and the CDC will cause millions of smokers to begin thinking that there is no point in trying to quit smoking or to even give vaping a try.  A larger percentage of vapers are dual uses of e-cigs and smoked tobacco, and many of them only smoke a few cigarettes per day.Is the CDC intentionally trying to drive millions of smokers back into the arms of Big Tobacco?  Who’s to say, but it certainly looks that way.  

The Deseret News article in its entirely can be located online.


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