A Daily Star journalist has released a scurrilous and ill-informed 'article' in which she attacks e-cigarettes, making a series of blunderous, lamentable and laughable comments. Inexplicably, Isobel Dickinson said e-cigarettes contain propylene glycol, which is factually incorrect. It is in fact e-liquid that contains propylene glycol. The article connected propylene glycol with irritating eyes, the nose and the throat. ‘Expert’ Dr Nigel Best, who works for Specsavers, said that there are indications that e-cigs can cause irritation in the form of dry eye. However, between them, the pair failed to provide any real evidence of this. Misleadingly, the article brought in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and Dickinson didn’t properly distinguish e-cigs from regular cigarettes - the real culprit contributing to AMD. There is no evidence that e-cigarettes accelerate or affect AMD. Unnecessarily, Dickinson mentioned recent incidences of e-cigarettes exploding to strengthen her anti-vaping tirade. According to more egregious research found by Dickinson, e-cigarettes can contain 15 times more formaldehyde than traditional cigarettes. To absolve e-cigarettes, it is widely known that one of the finest vaping experts of all time, Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos has previously debunked the same claims made by the Daily Star, which were presumably extracted from a letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine. "The authors did not find formaldehyde but formaldehyde hemiacetals," explained Dr Farsalinos. "There is absolutely no evidence that hemiacetals are toxic or carcinogenic. In fact, it is possible that the formation of hemiacetals might protect against damage induced by formaldehyde." Dickinson’s scaremongering is just another attack from the media on vaping culture. A doctor was recently slammed for claiming e-cigs were as harmful as regular cigarettes in an erroneous, now highly edited video. Moreover, CBC News was recently humiliated after claiming that reports about e-cigarettes being safe was paid for by the tobacco industry.

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