FDA Friday, September 26: Time to Fight Back
Hello everybody! I’m back from a much-needed holiday, ready to bring you more of the latest and greatest news and developments on the vaping front. I hope you’ve all been keeping well.
This week, it feels like I’ve come back to the computer to find out that the rhetoric on both sides of the current public discussion about the safety and value of e-cigs has escalated radically. Michael Siegel, who is always an insightful commentator on the subject, shortly before castigating a study with weak methodology for suggesting that e-cigs don’t help cancer patients quit smoking, draws our attention to an article published by KCUR in which anti-smoking groups admit that all they care about is money and protecting cigarette sales. This is a great, great article, and one that you owe it to yourself to read.
In related news, now that he is fed up with writing about the bad science supported by opponents of vaping, Siegel has announced that he is raising funds for proper research on the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes. I’m about to donate some money to this great cause, and you should, too! Now that the CDC demonstrates glee at the tragic news that fewer smokers are trying to quit, it’s especially timely, too!
“The CDC is actually stating that the finding that fewer smokers are trying to quit smoking by switching to e-cigarettes is a good thing.” – Siegel
Advocacy analyst Clive Bates suggests discusses what he considers one of the worst papers of all time: a tobacco product risk awareness study that proves that exaggerated risks frighten people. The problem, as Bates puts it, is that by falsely claiming that products such as electronic cigarettes cause mouth cancer, the researchers very likely spread misinformation about a product that has not been proven to cause any kind of cancer at all.
Better news is KFBB’s Justin Cambell’s report that e-cigs have saved at least one long-term Montana smoker to regain his ability to breathe effortlessly while maintaining his lifestyle. In an interview with vape shop owner Joseph Aluaces, Campbell reports him saying, rightly, that “the reason using patches to quit won’t work is because they don’t address the lifestyle changes of a long time smoker.”
For those of you wondering what kind of horrible chain of events led to “public health” activists evident disdain for the public, I strongly recommend reading these three lengthy articles by Carl V. Phillips (1, 2, 3), which begins with the bold assertion “Dear public health…you are doing it wrong,” and which includes, among its conclusion, the observation that:
“THR advocacy in the face of the “public health” establishment is saddled with not just the political burden associated with THR being an “impure” behavior that they hate, but also the entrenched anti-science that public health mis-learned from its origins in clinical medicine.” – Phillips
To summarize, the language that vaping and THR advocates have begun to use has become increasingly aggressive. Much of this has been in response to language used by “public health” pundits like John Ashton called e-cig supporters “obsessive compulsive abusive Onanists” on Twitter. It is indeed time to fund good science to defend our health.