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Plastic Surgeons Cut Out Ecigs

Plastic surgeons have warned against vaping before having cosmetic surgery.

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The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the world's largest and has more than 7,000 members, covering more than 94% of all plastic surgeons in the United States. They claim their mission is to advance quality care by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, and research in plastic surgery. Odd then that they make a ludicrous claim about vaping based on very little research.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery carried a paper by ASPS member Peter Taub, where he suggests that plastic surgeons should advise their clients to abstain from vaping for four weeks prior to an operation.

Regarding the efficacy of vaping, Taub writes: “The vast majority of people who currently smoke them also smoke conventional cigarettes, and there is little evidence that significant switching to e-cigarettes is occurring.”

In fact, he claims his interpretation of a study suggests, “that e-cigarettes may even prolong the habit by providing a dose of nicotine at times when getting one from a traditional cigarette is inconvenient or illegal and otherwise would not have occurred.”

While he concedes that vaping is safer than smoking, he states that a research paper details: “Voluntary reports of adverse events involving e-cigarettes to date have included hospitalization for illnesses such as pneumonia, congestive heart failure, disorientation, seizure, hypotension, and other health problems.”

So, he concludes: “Based on our current best knowledge, it seems reasonable to advise plastic surgery candidates to cease e-cigarette use in a manner similar to what is advised with traditional nicotine inhalation compounds.”

So far, twenty-one news outlets have covered the announcement, including the Daily Mail, but one vape advocate was far from impressed when he read an article. “I feel sorry but I have to admit that today was one of the rare instances where I could not believe my eyes,” said doctor Konstantinos Farsalinos. “I must say, this is the first time I am witnessing a respected journal literally risking their reputation (or, I could say, getting ridiculed) in their effort to get some publicity for a ‘hot topic’ such as e-cigarettes.”

Farsalinos doesn’t hold back with his withering and damning opinion: “Not only is this paper a sad attempt to ‘criminalize’ e-cigarettes based on NOTHING, it is also one of the most irrelevant and worst-written papers you will ever find.”

Taub’s failure, according to the good doctor, began with previous research covering vaping’s impact on post-operation recovery: “I precisely counted the number of studies cited that e-cigarettes have adverse effects in humans postoperatively, after plastic surgery or any kind of surgical procedure. I managed to find exactly ZERO studies addressing this issue.”

Taub compounded his fraud by inventing references, citing papers in connection to points he was making – that the references had nothing to do with. The full destruction of Taub’s ridiculous research is able to be read here.

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