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The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky released a statement saying, “Research suggests that e-cigs may be a gateway to using other forms of tobacco, and they can be just as harmful.” Of course we have a number of studies that prove not only that vaping is significantly safer than smoking, (95% to be exact), but also that the gateway theory is utter nonsense. It has been proven that the only gateway that vaping leads to, is to quitting the deadly habit for good.

Another example of the dangers of misinformation

This is another sad but clear example of how misinformation can spread like wildfire, and cause irreparable damage when it falls on wrong ears. In fact in a blog about the matter, renowned anti-smoking activist Professor Michael Siegel said that a recent public opinion poll commissioned by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky showed that this campaign is unfortunately proving successful. “According to this poll, 64% of Kentucky adults believe that smoking is no more hazardous than vaping. And nearly one in five (19%) actually believe that vaping is more hazardous than smoking!”.

“What a tremendous disservice the Foundation for a Health Kentucky is doing by misleading the people of Kentucky into thinking that smoking is no worse for your health than using a product which doesn’t even contain any tobacco and doesn’t involve any combustion.” Professor Michael Siegel

Siegel continues by saying that given all the evidence there is to the contrary, by saying that vaping is just as harmful as smoking, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is straight out lying to the public, and he even called this campaign, one of deceit.

Deceitful campaign

It is the duty and responsibility of entities in the public health sector to spread information that is 100% accurate, so that the public is armed with the right tools to take the correct decisions.
“What a tremendous disservice the Foundation for a Health Kentucky is doing by misleading the people of Kentucky into thinking that smoking is no worse for your health than using a product which doesn’t even contain any tobacco and doesn’t involve any combustion.” added Michael Siegel.

It is the duty and responsibility of entities in the public health sector to spread 100% accurate information, so that the public is armed with the right tools to take the correct decisions where it comes to health, “not to try to deceive the public so that they don’t have correct information.” concluded Siegel.

  • Jukka Kelovuori

    I think you mean professor Michael Siegel and not Clive Bates?