Published on July 6th, 2013 | by Trick
WHO Says Cigarettes Are Safer Because They Are Filtered
In a news story broadcast nationally in the Philippines, Dr. Florante Trinidad of the World Health Organization suggests that electronic cigarettes may be more dangerous than traditional cigarettes because they do not have a filter.
Trinidad, acting as Technical Officer for WHO’s Tobacco Free Initiative, says the lack of a filter makes electronic cigarettes dangerous because nicotine goes directly into the lungs.
“The most dangerous thing about this product is that the nicotine goes directly to the lungs while regular cigarettes have a filter. With this delivery device the nicotine goes directly to the lungs.”
-Dr. Florante Trinidad
This announcement is particularly disturbing, not just because Trinidad is a health official, because it’s so very wrong. Not only is most, or possibly all of the nicotine in e-cigarette vapor absorbed before it gets to the lungs, the delivery method of an electronic cigarette does not deliver more nicotine than electronic cigarettes, and test of blood nicotine levels of vapers shows this to be true, according to Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, reseacher at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens, Greece.
Even if more nicotine were to be delivered, it is either extremely ignorant at best, and highly deceptive at worst, to suggest that nicotine is the cause of any of the important health issues caused by traditional tobacco cigarettes.
This follows multiple attack on electronic cigarettes in the last week from the government of the Philippines. Wednesday, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority announced it was looking at proposals to ban public vaping in that city, and the Food and Drug Administration of the Philippines released a statement warning of the dangers of second-hand vapor exposure last week.