Farsalinos demands retraction of Stanford ‘teen vaping causes COVID’ study
The obsession with teen vaping among politicians, government public health agencies, and now institutions of academia is growing more virulent with each passing week. In recent days, the publication of a so-called vaping study by researchers at Stanford University is drawing widespread attention and massive amounts of coverage by the mainstream media.
However, the “study” is not really a study at all. The publication seems to be the alleged statistical findings of an online national survey where questions were asked of 13 to 24-year-olds about their associated histories with vapor products. The Stanford report is more of a poll than a study, but mainstream journalists seem unconcerned with the distinction.
Vapers have probably already seen headlines in social media about claims that teenage vapers are five to seven times more likely to contract the coronavirus than non-vaping teens. Yet, as far back as April, 2020, even WebMD acknowledged that smokers of conventional Big Tobacco products are hospitalized less frequently for COVID-19 than non-smokers. And since vaping is 95 percent less harmful than smoking, according to Public Health England, Stanford’s math just doesn’t add up.
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After reviewing the Stanford paper in detail, world-renowned cardiologist and tobacco control expert Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos of the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Greece took to Twitter to lambast its co-authors. (The below post comments have been grammatically corrected ever so slightly in a few locations. Dr. Farsalinos is Greek, after all).)
The Farsalinos tweet drew several shares and comments by pro-vapers and vaping haters alike. Even though the doctor felt as if he had proven his case adequately, the negative, attention-grabbing headlines about teen vaping and COVID still persist. In an August 14 tweet posted a couple of days later, Dr. Farsalinos made his denunciations even more aggressive. He called for an immediate retraction (see below).
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