Lately there has been an great amount of news interest and media coverage on the vaping industry, and the majority of it has been based on vague “studies” conducted biasedly by scientists aiming to sway opinion against electronic cigarettes and other vaping products. Though these stories have often been refuted by other credible scientists who understand the controversy, those familiar with the circumstances can often see straight through these misguided, often ill-informed sources of “research.” Sometimes however, to our delight, the truth comes blazing out in the media and these bogus stories get countered in plain sight.
One such instance came recently when researcher Dr. Jessica Wang-Rodriguez was forced to go back on information she published that was blatantly false. Written for the medical journal, “Oral Oncology,” the study, in which she was the lead researcher, claimed that electronic cigarette products were responsible for damaging cells in such a way that could lead to cancer. In actuality, and even admittedly by those involved in the study, the dosages used in the study did not parallel actual doses known e-cigarette users are accustomed to receiving.
The problem lay in the fact that no actual e-cigarette usage was used to determine these findings, and after it was published, the e-cigarette industry blasted the false reporting. Once again, a researcher attempted to base an entire industry, comprised of thousands of different products, on the contents of two individual e-liquids. The claims of formaldehyde being contained in e-liquids, as well as diacetyl in e-liquids are unfounded because not all brands use these substances in their products; EverSmoke (among many other brands) for instance. That alone depicts inconclusive research!
Countless news outlets initially ran the story as factual, contributing to further misinforming of the population regarding vapor alternatives. Media outlets who commented on the misinformation contained in this study, and questioned the basis for these false reports invoked a recall from “Oral Oncology.” The redemption came when the head researcher, Dr. Jessica Wang-Rodriguez was forced to edit the published account to contain the reality of the circumstances of the study. Though she makes clear that she believes her findings are accurate, and that e-cigarettes are no better than traditional cigarettes, beliefs need to be kept out of science, and without a lack of factual evidence, they hold no proof. We are immensely grateful she was forced to clarify her findings with factual information, as it is so important for the public to be given accurate, fact-based information regarding products in this industry.