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World Health Organization- “Cigarettes are healthy!”

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I’m not going to elaborate too much on this topic.  The original author has done a more than adequate job at contradicting this intensely ignorant and, for lack of a better word, stupid statement issued by the so-called World Health Organization or WHO, as in, “WHO the F**k Actually Listens to these asses (or arses, for you British folk out there)?”  The statement, made recently in the Philippines by Dr Florante Trinidad (WHO Western Pacific Region), suggests that the nicotine present in E-cig users’ atomized vapor is soaked directly into the lungs, whereas (analog) cigarettes employ the use of filters.

The author, Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos (I’m getting a Greek vibe from this name), points out that smokers are subjected to much higher levels of nicotine per puff than are E-cig vapers.  He also highlights the truth about nicotine… that it is not necessarily, by itself, dangerous.  It is not a carcinogen.  It does not cause lung disease.  It’s moderately risky for people suffering from high blood pressure problems, but even then… caffeine is probably more risky.  Dr. Farsalinos relays all of the counter-information against this WHO disinformation (I would like to point out that disinformation differs from misinformation in that it is intentionally misleading) in a way that is thoroughly substantiated with links to original scientific documents, previously released scientific findings, etc.  Don’t pass up this article!

The only thing I’d like to add to the information provided by Dr. Farsalinos is the fact that the Tobacco industry have been paying a lot of attention to Southeast Asia of late.  This is mainly due to the fact that Many Southeast Asia countries, like Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines are among the least regulated countries in the world as far as tobacco-smoking is concerned.  Big Tobacco is focusing on this cash cow, because the increasing restrictions and anti-smoking trends in other countries are beginning to cut into their profits.  However, the E-cigarette industry has really taken off in Southeast Asia as well.  Just look up “E-cigarettes” and/or “vape/vaping” on Facebook.  You’ll see that an extremely large number of your search returns will be profiles, pages, and groups centered in countries like Malaysia and the Philippines.  So, Big Tobacco is feeling very threatened by the E-cig industry in these specific countries.  You could say the same thing about the E-cigarette industry here, but the FDA is in line to be more easily manipulated by the tobacco corporations than is the Philippine version of the FDA.  This means that Big Tobacco will have less control over the growing popularity of E-cigarettes in Asia than they will in America, and therefore they want to crush it.

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