Negative Daily Mail Story on Vaping Pulled After Campaigners and Vapers Complain to Press Complaints Commission

Earlier this week I covered a Daily Mail story on ecigs which claimed experts believed ecigs were more harmful than smoking – without referring to any experts.

Former Action on Smoking and Health Director Clive Bates was enraged, and wrote to the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) to complain.

I and many other vapers followed his lead.

The PCC were quick to reply:

Press complaints commission.

 

While it’s too soon to know for sure, the complaints seem to have worked. When you visit the link to the article, you now get this:

Removed daily mail story.

 

Assuming that the article was taken down because of the PCC, the implications are fantastic – while of course newspapers will continue to spout rubbish, we know that, in the UK at least, we can stop deliberate, blatant and dangerous lies being told about e-cigarettes.

And a lot of vapers and future vapers owe a debt of thanks to Clive for showing us the way.

Update:

In the comments below, Steve Wilks has pointed out this almost identical story (page since removed).  Fancy complaining? Then click here to report the story to the PCC!

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8 thoughts on “Negative Daily Mail Story on Vaping Pulled After Campaigners and Vapers Complain to Press Complaints Commission

  1. Its all very well pulling the story but how about they print an apology and an admission that they were wrong. Obviously the reporter didn’t do hsi/her homework.

  2. As I read about the lies being spread regarding vaping, it does not surprise me that these politicians are taking money from the tobacco industry to spread lies about e-cigarettes. The same thing is happening here in the U.S., you can sign a petition against the passage of a bill that would make the sale and use of electronic cigarettes illegal. Go to Whitehouse.gov and look for the petition. Thanks to Clive Bates and James Dunworth, and all the others fighting for our rights!

  3. On one hand, it’s great news, just showing that things can be done if we are clear and loud enough. On the other hand, this paper may have removed the article because they were afraid of what was to follow:) We would rip these journalistic “arguments” to pieces in the comments section.

    Vapers have already been there and done that: we have made thousands of statements about what e-cigarettes have done for our overall health. I always stumble upon such comments whenever there’s some article with “an agenda”. And I absolutely love to read how vapers react on all these half-baked powers-that-be-serving press pieces of…material.

    Yours Switchtoecig (signing all petitions I can and spreading the word about all I can’t:)

  4. “On the other hand, this paper may have removed the article because they were afraid of what was to follow:) We would rip these journalistic “arguments” to pieces in the comments section.”

    I am not sure – I think the article was deliberately provactive because that draws people into the newspaper and keeps them on there – the Daily Mail hasn’t become successful (they have the most visited newspaper website in the world) by playing safe.

    Keep commenting, though, our strength is in our passion!

  5. A tabloid? And they listened to a well laid complaint made by MrBaker? You think they backed off because they listened to reason? I don’t know, James. But ok, whatever their reason may be, this proves that things can be done.

  6. I think they backed off because of the complaint to the press complaints commission, and when they relooked at the article they could see major faults with it (i.e. the claims that experts thought e-cigarettes were worse than cigarettes were just not backed up in the article.)

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