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Dr Col’s Vape Truths

Dr Colin Mendelsohn has produced a series of videos aimed at sharing the truth about vaping and combatting absurd and dishonest claims made by Queensland Health

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Dr Colin Mendelsohn has produced a series of videos aimed at sharing the truth about vaping and combatting absurd and dishonest claims made by Queensland Health. Celebrating the launch of his evidenced-based video campaign on nicotine vaping, Dr Mendelsohn took a swipe at the lies coming from Australia’s public health bodies.

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Dr Colin Mendelsohn says that his video campaign has been produced in order to “combat the rampant misinformation being provided by state health departments, particularly Queensland Health”.

New South Wales and Western Australia are currently conducting a “vaping disinformation campaign” called Do You Know What You Are Vaping?

Colin commented: “The NSW Health ‘Do you know what you’re vaping?’ campaign is alarmist and provides many misleading and inaccurate messages and is bound to flop.

The misinformation starts at the top. The Minister for Health, the Hon. Brad Hazzard showed a complete misunderstanding of vaping, unreservedly stating at the press conference that vaping is worse than smoking.”

Dr Mendelsohn continued: “These campaigns are alarmist and untruthful and will only discourage adult smokers from switching to less harmful alternatives to deadly cigarettes.”

Dr Col’s Vape Truths' campaign consists of eight short videos correcting common misconceptions about vaping and is based on eight misleading and alarmist videos by Queensland Health.

The videos cover the following key evidence:

  1. Vapour is far less toxic than cigarette smoke
  2. Vaping significantly reduces the risk of cancer relative to smoking
  3. Vaping nicotine does not cause serious harm to the lungs
  4. Vapes incorrectly labelled as nicotine-free are dodgy disposable products sold on the black market, not from reputable businesses
  5. There has never been a single death caused by vaping nicotine
  6. When smokers switch to vaping, their breathing improves substantially
  7. Vaping is not completely risk-free but is substantially safer than deadly cigarettes
  8. Most of the chemicals in vapour are present at very low doses and most cause little or no harm

Queensland Health makes the absurd and dishonest claim that vaping is more harmful than smoking when all credible health authorities agree that smoking is far more dangerous.

“Young people will see through the mistruths being targeted at them. Young people today have access to unlimited information through the internet. Lies from government organisations will lead to a loss of trust in important public health messages in the future. Some will rebel and try vaping because they are being told not to,” Colin continued.

Adult smokers require accurate information to help them quit deadly cigarettes and vaping is the most effective quitting method available. Current state government education campaigns are providing wildly misleading information. It is unacceptable for health authorities to provide untruthful information to the public and it will lead to more smoking-related deaths and illness.”


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Dave is a freelance writer; with articles on music, motorbikes, football, pop-science, vaping and tobacco harm reduction in Sounds, Melody Maker, UBG, AWoL, Bike, When Saturday Comes, Vape News Magazine, and syndicated across the Johnston Press group. He was published in an anthology of “Greatest Football Writing”, but still believes this was a mistake. Dave contributes sketches to comedy shows and used to co-host a radio sketch show. He’s worked with numerous vape companies to develop content for their websites.

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