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Complainant Name:
Mr Clive Bates

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Mail on Sunday


Mr Clive Bates complained to the Press Complaints Commission, under Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice, that the newspaper had published an article which inaccurately reported the risks associated with electronic cigarettes.


The complaint was resolved after the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction and apology:

A Health article on January 27 said some experts believe electronic cigarettes can be more harmful that real ones. In fact we are not aware of any experts who hold that view compared to the risks of cancer, heart disease and lung damage from real cigarettes. We apologise for any contrary suggestion.

Date Published: 19/04/2013

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