The anti-vaping lobby is really playing dirty. This past year, we’ve had to fight off the false claims that e-cigs and e-juices contain massive amounts of formaldehyde. Then we’ve had to endure the terrible accusations that the vaping industry is specifically targeting young children in our marketing campaigns by creating candy and fruit-flavored blends that “only a child would like.” Then by late February of 2015, a certain website was running a story about a 17-year-old boy who contracted lung cancer and eventually died from using e-cigs. This last story is perhaps the most alarming.
According to the completely fabricated story, the young man had never smoked traditional tobacco cigarettes in his life. Yet somehow, after using e-cigs for only 11-months, the boy mysteriously falls ill and dies in a Texas hospital. The fictional 17-year-old is even given a name, Frank Dello. The falsified blog post spreads like wildfire across the Internet and social media before many in the vaping industry prove the story to be complete lies.
(Courtesy of VapePlenish)
- In the initial article, a picture of “Frank Dello” runs with the story. Further investigation shows that the man in the photo is a Syrian man from a completely unrelated 2011 news story on police brutality. The photo has since been taken down from the original website.
- Further investigation shows that there is no record of anyone named Frank Dello living in the state of Texas on the date that the article was written. Nor is there any record of a Frank Dello dying in Texas either.
- No reputable doctor would attribute the cause of death to e-cigs. There are simply too many possible diagnoses to lung cancer. In fact, millions of people contract this deadly disease without ever having inhaled tobacco cigarettes, e-cigarettes, or vaping devices of any kind. Pinning the disease specifically on e-cigs would have likely led to the doctor’s medical license being yanked permanently or perhaps even leading to a malpractice lawsuit.
Most importantly, this story was completely ignored by the mainstream media. Had the story been true, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and nearly every other news outlet would have been happy to blare this story across the airwaves. Luckily, they didn’t fall for it.