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Complainant Name:
Mr Clive Bates

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


Mr Clive Bates complained to the Press Complaints Commission about an article which he considered had inaccurately reported the outcome of a study concerning electronic cigarettes, in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.


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

In a MailOnline article of 26 August 2013 our headline incorrectly stated that ‘E-cigarettes are as harmful as cigarettes and could cause cancer, claims study'. We are happy to make it clear that a study referenced in the article says that e-cigarettes contain chemicals that make some of them as harmful as normal tobacco. The headline has since been amended to reflect the correction.

Date Published: 10/01/2014

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