Recent events in the United States are still talking across the Atlantic! In France, Gérard Dubois, professor of public health and co-author of 2015's e-cigarette report, sets the record straight. For him " do not be mistaken for an enemy " even if " We are today in the most total confusion!«
For several days now, this is the big trial of the e-cigarette: the United States already count 6 dead and more than 400 people with serious lung diseases attributed to the electronic cigarette. To find out more, our colleagues from the point spoke to Gérard Dubois, Professor of Public Health and co-author of the 2015 e-cigarette report.
At the question " Must be wary of the e-cigarette", Professor Dubois seems quite clear:" Everyone agrees that the best cigarette is the one we do not smoke, electronic or otherwise. But regarding the smoker, the question is not even discussed! It is better to smoke than to smoke cigarettes. To the question is the electronic cigarette less dangerous than tobacco? The answer is formally yes. Does the electronic cigarette help stop smoking? We have more and more serious studies that confirm it, and even, as is the case for one of them, randomized, published in the very serious New England Journal of Medicine, showing that e-cigarettes are more effective at stopping smoking than other nicotine substitutes such as patches and gums. ".
« Yes, the electronic cigarette is a good idea. If we look at its history, it was not created by doctors or the pharmaceutical industry. - Pr Gerard Dubois
Regarding what is happening in the United States, Professor Gérard Dubois evokes a total confusion: Today we are in total confusion. You have to understand the context and not mix everything up. There is this sudden epidemic of pulmonary diseases that are reached in two months more than 400 people with 6 deaths, which occurs on the other side of the Atlantic and is attributed to the electronic cigarette. An epidemic that comes on top of a second event last July: when the WHO uses unfortunate terminology by labeling the electronic cigarette as "undeniably harmful", in the conclusions of a report on tobacco, made by Americans for the WHO and supposed to explore the doubts about the electronic cigarette. By July, it was the whole profession, more than 80% of the tobacco specialists, who was standing up against these declarations of the WHO. ".
"THE E-CIGARETTE REMAINS A GOOD IDEA TO STOP SMOKING! "
Is the e-cigarette a good substitute for ending smoking? According to Professor Gerard Dubois, there is no doubt: The electronic cigarette is marketed since 2010, so we still a few years of hindsight. Suddenly, seeming to come from nowhere, appears an epidemic of 400 cases of severe lung injury with 6 dead. The epidemic was brutal and localized. I am part of a global alliance against tobacco. As soon as the epidemic broke out in the United States, an alert was issued to quickly identify similar cases elsewhere in the world. For the moment, there is still none. No wonder, since early investigations showed very quickly that, in over 80% of cases, sick people in the United States diverted the use of their electronic cigarette to put oily products containing THC (the active molecule of cannabis). Electronic cigarettes are not intended for burning oily substances that will kill the lungs. It must be clear: no legal product is implicated in this American epidemic, none. »
« Tobacco kills half of its loyal consumers, tobacco is the worst product, the most dangerous over-the-counter product! Do not be mistaken for an enemy! - Pr Gerard Dubois
He adds : " From the first supposed death because of the electronic cigarette, it was already one of the newspapers. Yet that same day, 1 500 other smokers died of tobacco in the United States, 22 000 in the world! Not a line. So, yes, the electronic cigarette is still a good idea. If we look at its history, it was not created by doctors or the pharmaceutical industry. It is a Chinese citizen who created it following the death of his father from lung cancer. The electronic cigarette is the result of a hacking genius starting from a simple observation: what kills in tobacco? Tobacco combustion produces carbon monoxide (infarction) and tar (cancer). What makes you addicted? Nicotine. The idea was to create a product that is smoked like tobacco, but without dangerous substances. To put it simply, in an electronic cigarette, you have nicotine, mixed with a non-toxic liquid. Once the liquid is heated, its vapors carry the nicotine by inhalation. »
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