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Phony E-cigarette "Poisoning" Alarms in MN: Why?

The more vaping, the less smoking
The more vaping, the less smoking
Bloomberg News

While the sick and dead from cigarette smoking continue to pile up, “public health” officials remain on the edge of hysteria, issuing inane warnings about the watery mist emanating from e-cigarettes, which have freed millions of smokers from addiction to deadly cigarettes.

Among the latest such alerts: the Minnesota Dept. of Health and the Hennepin County Poison Control System announced that "e-cigarette poisonings increased" by some ungodly amount between 2012 and 2013. What are the actual numbers, and what do they mean? To get past the scare headlines, you’ve got to look at the actual data, not something journalists devoted to sensationalist, scary stories like to do: it takes too much time.

Well, here’s the actual basis of these stories: there were seventy-four reports of e-cigarette exposure called in to the center last year. Let us emphasize: all of these “poisonings” were derived from these 74 phone calls! No actual poisoning was needed to be included, all calls were deemed “poisonings”! Further, here’s what the Health Commissioner had to say:

“Fortunately, none of the poisonings hospitalized or seriously injured children in 2013. But given the rise in poisonings, we really want parents to know that this liquid nicotine can pose a fatal risk and that they should store it out of the reach of children.”

That was right out of the mouth of Minnesota Department ofHealth Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger. Note that the Commissioner — after pointing out that no child was in fact harmed —continued to use the term “poisonings.” Why do officials who must know better continue to spread fearmongering falsehoods, scaring smokers away from even trying to quit with e-cigs? This is one such example, where nothing actually happened. The answer, sadly, resides within the MN “fact sheet” on e-cigarettes — replete with the same lies and exaggerations seen in the official statements of the CDC, the FDA, and all the "public health" nonprofits like the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association.

The phony, officially-endorsed "epidemic" of poisoned children in Minnesota from toxic exposures to e-cigarettes is nothing other than smoke and mirrors, another brick in the wall of hypocrisy from the monolithic governmental witch-hunt against these devices, which will become a public health miracle IF the regulators and politicians will just get out of the way. Such disinformation and manipulation of data would be unacceptable in any scientific study; the fact that these lies are coming from public health sources, and are aimed at impeding progress against our nation’s #1 killer — cigarette smoking, which kills about 480,000 Americans each year — makes it criminal, in my opinion. The propaganda campaign against e-cigarettes must stop, either from within as the officials come to their senses, or from without, by any means necessary, including public accusations and/or litigation.

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