Doctor Slammed For Saying E-Cigs as Harmful as Tobacco
“Because of their chemical composition, e-cigarettes are at least as harmful to your health as regular tobacco cigarettes are,” says Dr. Margaret Cuomo to open her error-ridden video. She is, of course, basing this on absolutely nothing. Dr. Cuomo claims that “e-cigarettes contain many harmful chemicals that tobacco cigarettes do not contain such as formaldehyde, benzene, propylene glycol, and metals like cadmium, nickel, and tin,” the last of which, is factually incorrect. In fact, so incorrect, that the Huffington Post edited the video to replace tin with zinc. They were also forced to correct a number of Dr. Cuomo's comically disastrous blunders from Monday's video thanks to the intervention of scientists and real experts. Professor Linda Bauld, Professor of Health Policy, University of Stirling; Deputy Director, UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, said: "All the available research to date suggests that although there are toxicants in e-cigarettes, they are at far lower levels than in smoked tobacco.” The e-cigarette production of the aforementioned formaldehyde is in doubt after it was discovered that human's don't inhale with enough force to extract it. But Dr. Cuomo is not alone; Utah Statehouse representative made similarly lamentable comments when he inexplicably linked e-cigarettes to cancer. If you fancy a laugh, check out the unoriginal, heavily edited version of the video.