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Public health leader apologises for language in Twitter row

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g5704 (Published 17 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5704
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

The president of the UK Faculty of Public Health has apologised for the choice of language he used during a heated row with supporters of electronic cigarettes on the social media site Twitter.

John Ashton has taken voluntary leave of absence from his position while the faculty carries out an internal investigation into the incident, which occurred on Saturday 6 September. Ashton said that the offending messages, which both he and the faculty have apologised for, were prompted by personal abuse he had received from anonymous “trolls” whom he accused of …

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