Irish specialists have given a mixed reaction to a major review of e-cigarettes that says the benefits of the devices have been underestimated and their harmfulness exaggerated.
Well, no Actually they didn't say that.
What they actually said was
Irish specialists have given a mixed reaction to a major review of statins that says the benefits of the cholesterol-busting drugs have been underestimated and their harmfulness exaggerated.
There is however a very interesting comparison here.
Statins have been around for a while and are hailed as the wonder drug to beat cholesterol, to the point where it has been suggested that the entire population should be put on them. There have however been numerous reports of rather nasty side effects, up to and including permanent muscle damage.
So here we have Big Pharma and the Health Industry [funded by Big Pharma] pushing a drug that may have benefits but also has serious, dangerous and in some cases life threatening side effects.
E-cigarettes have also been around for a while. They are hailed publicly as the best way to quit smoking cigarettes, which is one of the stated aims of Big Parma and the Health Industry. They have no known side effects whatsoever. However the Health Industry is dead set against them, inventing side effects and claiming that they cannot support something that may have side effects in the future.
On one hand we have something that causes serious, known and extremely dangerous side effects and on the other we have something that may, possibly have some side effect discovered in the dim distant future. Why is there such an enormous disparity in the approach to the two items?
Well, Big Pharma stands to make billions from statins.
It stands to lose billions to e-cigarettes.
Draw your own conclusions.