Dr Stuart Flint May Just Be An Idiot
“E-cigarettes shouldn’t be used as a stop smoking tool because there is not enough evidence to prove they are safe”,
claims Dr Stuart Flint – a psychologist who works for the Carnegie School Of Sport at Leeds Beckett University and apparently has a special interest in the psycho-social effects of obesity and believes it is premature to call e-cigarettes a ‘healthier alternative‘ to traditional cigarettes, despite the fact they have been found to be at least 95% less harmful than traditional cigarettes… Given his credentials and wealth of experience in the field, it’s hard to imagine why he doesn’t play a larger role in tobacco harm reduction globally.
“We need to understand more about the potential health effects of e-cigarettes before they’re used as an alternative for stopping smoking.”
True, I do agree that more studies should be done, but what I don’t agree with is the notion that people should stop saving their lives from smoking by using e-cigarettes while we wait for “evidence to prove they’re safe”.
Because they probably aren’t.
Bottom line: whether they have 5 chemicals, 20, or 4,000+ like cigarettes, vapor isn’t natural in a human’s lungs, so they probably do have unfavorable health effects. That’s why they aren’t touted as “100% safe”. They are however proven to be “95% less harmful”.
Dr Stuart Flint is waiting for “evidence to prove they are safe“, and he’ll be waiting a long time.
“There is, at best, very low quality evidence of e-cigarettes promoting smoking cessation or reduction, and insufficient data for confident estimation.”
This is interesting, because there is a wealth of evidence that e-cigarettes are effective and that’s a hell of a lot more than you can say for your ‘evidence-based medicinal products’ and nicotine patches, which have little to no evidence of being effective, or even being safe for that matter.
One of your so called ‘evidence based medicinal products’, Chantix, has the following list of side effects:
Common (means more than 1/100 and less than 1/10 people experience these):
- Abnormal Dreams
- Chronic Trouble Sleeping
- Feel Like Throwing Up
- Head Pain
- Throwing Up
Infrequent (means more than 1/1000 and less than 1/100 people experience these):
If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression:
- Trouble Breathing
If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression:
- Acute Infection Of The Nose, Throat Or Sinus
- Dry Mouth
- Excessive Sweating
- Feeling Weak
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
- Increased Hunger
- Intense Abdominal Pain
- Loss Of Appetite
- Low Energy
- Not Feeling Well
- Runny Nose
Rare (rare means more than 1/10000 and less than 1/1000 people experience these):
-If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression:
- Abnormal Heart Rhythm
- Abnormal Liver Function Tests
- Behaving With Excessive Cheerfulness And Activity
- Chest Pain
- Erythema Multiforme
- Giant Hives
- Having Thoughts Of Suicide
- Heart Attack
- High Blood Pressure
- Panic Disorder
- Problems Metabolizing Alcohol
- Psychosis Caused By A Drug
- Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Thoughts Of Hurting Or Killing Others
- Transient Ischemic Attack
If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression:
- Aggressive Behavior
- Altered Interest In Having Sexual Intercourse
- Cannot Focus Thoughts
- Disturbance Of Attention
- Excess Urination
- Feeling Agitated
- Feeling Anger Toward Something
- Feeling Anxious
- Flu-Like Symptoms
- Heart Throbbing Or Pounding
- High Blood Sugar
- Joint Pain
- Mood Changes
- Muscle Pain
- Peripheral Vascular Disease
- Problem Behavior
- Problem With Periods
- Problems With Eyesight
- Ringing In The Ears
- Sensation Of Spinning Or Whirling
- Sleep Disorder
- Swollen Lymph Nodes
- Taste Problems
- Temporary Redness Of Face And Neck
- Visible Water Retention
- Weight Gain
To top it all off, Chantix has not been shown to actually help its users stop smoking over and above the placebo. But e-cigarettes have.
So, you’re promoting the use of drugs that cause a whole host of symptoms including “Suicidal Thoughts” and “Thoughts Of Hurting Or Killing Others” – and has been linked to multiple suicides and deaths in the past – over a product that in your eyes hasn’t been proven to be totally safe.
Do you consider Champix safe, Dr Flint? If so, I’m actually glad vaping will never be safe in your eyes.
Dr Flint added that it is “irresponsible, unethical and potentially harmful for health organisations to promote [e-cigarettes]” without the evidence. Does this mean it’s responsible and ethical for people like you to promote the use of products that you know cause all of the side effects above as ‘safe’?
It’s people like this that keep the shit storm of propaganda flying around the skirts of the e-cigarette industry in mass media. They promote ‘evidence-based’ pharmaceutical products that have no real evidence behind them, they’re allowed to be called ‘evidence-based’ because a collection of scientists all agreed that the findings in their pay-to-play studies were consistent.
For the mass media, that is case closed, no need to look at what those finding actually were. Just move on now, even if the only consistent thing they found was that they didn’t work.
My first reaction upon reading this kind of thing would normally be to think ‘this guy is an idiot’, but you don’t normally see idiots who are also doctors, which makes me question his motives.
Why would someone who is obviously well informed (you’d hope he would make sure he was before speaking out about something anyway) be recommending drugs with tonnes of severe side effects over something that is proven to be a less harmful alternative? I’m left to either think his motivations are based on some financial or social gain, or just give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that he himself may be a Chantix user who, like 1/1-10,000 other users suffered from a stroke.
I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.
Promoting Chantix and similar other drugs over something like e-cigarettes is utter insanity.
E-cigarettes aren’t proven to be ‘safe’, or even claimed to be, but they’re 95% less harmful than the cigarettes they’re displacing among many smokers, and they certainly appear to be a lot safer than Chantix and all of the other drugs being shoved down people’s throats as a medical alternative.