17 Sep, 14 | by BMJ
Public health has become heated, with the fiery debate over e-cigarettes pushing one public health director over boiling point, and public health leaders across Europe becoming incensed by changes at the European Commission.
As Gareth Iacobucci reports, John Ashton, the president of the UK Faculty of Public Health, described a supporter of e-cigarettes on Twitter as “an obsessive, compulsive, abusive onanist.” He followed this with a question: “Have you always been an anonymous c..t?”
The BMJ wasn’t being prudish in its presentation of Ashton’s comments. (In fact, for those interested in such matters, The BMJ’s house style is not to censor any language.) But Ashton himself chose not to spell out his message in full, which may speak volumes for the continued power of some phrases in the English language. more…