Professor John Ashton, a prominent and outspoken Government health adviser has been forced to step down from his role due to his recent Twitter behavior.
Ashton was removed from his role as president of the Faculty of Public Health following a crude rant on the popular social media site. Calling one e-cigarette supporter a ‘c***’ many felt the Government adviser went too far.
The explicit rants continued with statements like, “These abusive ecig people remind me of the lads who used to play with themselves behind the bike sheds at school,” and “Need ecigs to get aroused.”
The ecig rant was triggered by a debate about the merits and dangers of e-cigarettes. Advocates argued that e-cigs help smokers quit, while dissenters such as Professor Ashton are concerned about long-term effects. Ashton fought for tighter controls, a strong believer that the tobacco industry is using e-cigarettes to lure children into smoking.
The online debate struck a nerve with Ashton who complained that he was being abused by e-cig “trolls” and accused them of being apologists for the industry.
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