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Clinical Studies

Dozens of studies on vaping are published every month, most focused on topics surrounding vaping and health. These range from clinical research on health risks to the analysis of e-liquid, vapor, and addiction. A few have received quite a bit of media attention, often because of alarming claims. Curiously, although no study has concluded vaping as entirely risk-free, by and large, the consensus is vaping is much safer than smoking. Beyond this agreement, there is no study establishing vaping as safe or a serious health risk. The best we can do is to continue our search for knowledge and remember if someone makes a claim... ask for their sources!

Popcorn Lung & Diacetyl

Vaporescence, Dec 6, 2016

There are a lot of questions floating around the internet about whether or not vaping causes popcorn lung (a debilitating respiratory condition) because of a recent study. Popcorn Lung is the term given to the irreversible lung disease that factory workers acquired from the intense and prolonged exposure to diacetyl. It is medically known as bronchiolitis obliterans and it first came into light in 2000 when a few workers at the Gilster-Mary popcorn plant in Missouri had contracted a respiratory disease. After their investigation, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that workers were heavily exposed to diacetyl in the factory. However, there's little merit to this study as it was biased as well as based on flawed and outdated data.

Fear Profiteers

Electronic cigarettes have been a blessing for many smokers who after many failed attempts to quit have found a means to reduce or entirely eliminate their exposure to the harmful aspects of combustible tobacco. Although research has yet to identify specific long-term health risks, scientists are coming to the same conclusion—e-cig use is a far safer alternative than smoking.  Despite the evidence, public perception of e-cig safety has declined, while demands for stricter regulation and outright bans have gradually intensified. That the public’s perception of vaping diverts so radically from scientific evidence leads us to believe this may be an intended result of an organized disinformation campaign.

Heart Surgeon Says Vaping is Safer

Brent Stafford, 12/7/2017

Forget about morality and look only at the science and you come to the conclusion that vaping is categorically safer than combustible cigarettes. This is the medical opinion of Dr. Gopal Bhatnagar, Head of Cardiovascular Surgery at Trillium Health Center and one of the leading practitioners of ‘beating heart’ surgery in North America. In this extended edition of RegWatch, we sit down with ‘Dr. Gopal’—just minutes after he finished surgery to discuss the complexities and contradictions of the public health war against vaping; how public health lobbies such as Heart, Cancer, Lung misinterpret or misuse data in an effort to mislead the public about the potential health risks of vaping.

Comment: Is FDA crackdown on vaping politically motivated?

Smerconish, 9/15/2018

Is the crackdown by the FDA on the use of e-cigarettes to combat a public health crisis, a political maneuver, or both? CNN's Michael Smerconish reports. The FDA's threat to shut down the vaping industry is out of character for the Trump Administration, and has a deadline conveniently a few days after the midterms.

Policy & Law

In a just world, regulations surrounding the vaping industry would be shaped by real facts and sound science. Unfortunately fear mongering and misinformation currently guide public discourse, while policy and laws are influenced by political agendas. Public health goals should  create awareness of the risks associated with smoking and educate consumers about safer alternatives

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