Brad Rodu completely annihilates ‘vaping causes heart attacks’ study

Last month, a published study claiming that "e-cigarette use is an independent risk factor for having had a myocardial infarction" began trending on social media.  Not long thereafter, mainstream media also picked up the story and ran with it.  And of course, no one bothered to check the underlying science to make certain that the paper’s findings are indeed substantiated – until now.

The study entitled Electronic Cigarette Use and Myocardial Infarction Among Adults in the US Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health is still readily available via the Journal of the American Heart Association.  Calls for the website to retract the study have, so far, been unsuccessful.  According to Mr. Rodu, the paper’s authors - Dharma Bhatta and the notorious vaping hater and accused sexual harasser Stanton Glantz – used correct data, but their analysis was grossly inaccurate if not intentionally negligent.

Debunking the myocardial infarction theory

According to Dr. Rodu, an expert researcher in tobacco analysis from the University of Louisville in Kentucky,  the co-authors of the controversial report used data originating from the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study.   While Glantz and Bhatta claimed that there were 38 people in the study who experienced myocardial infarctions through vaping, the evidence indicates otherwise.  In a letter to the American Heart Association, the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan, and Boston University, Rodu outlines the problems with the Glantz/Bhatta publication.

“The authors used the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Wave 1 survey restricted dataset. But they failed to account for detailed information in that survey on (a) when participants were first told that they had a heart attack and (b) when participants first started using e-cigarettes. In fact, the majority (2) of the 38 current e-cigarette users were first told that they had a heart attack many years before they first started using e-cigarettes. In this group, the heart attacks preceded first e-cigarette use by almost a decade on average.”

This is not the first time that pay-for-play “scientists” have tried to promote this outlandish falsehood that vaping causes heart attacks.  In February 2019, another study making almost precisely the same claims was unveiled at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference in Hawaii. 

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On the latter occasion, Dr. Michael Seigel came to the defense of vaping industry when he immediately debunked the report in a blog post on his website The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and CommentaryCoincidentally, the scientists of the February study also failed to clarify whether the participants’ cardiac episodes occurred before or after they started using electronic cigarettes.    

While these sorts of anti-vaping studies are being increasingly debunked by reputable scientists, statistics indicate that their spreading of disinformation is actually working.  In a recent survey of 5,800 adults conducted by the Georgia State University Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (GSU-TCRS), an astonishing 45 percent mistakenly believe that vaping is just as deadly as smoking.

Related Article:  In case you missed it: Dr. Siegel debunks ‘vaping causes heart attacks’ study as Junk Science

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