Public health expert: FDA ‘cherry-picking’ vaping data to create ‘fake epidemic’
March 2018 has seen a surge in newly proposed regulatory and legislative actions regarding the vaping industry. The city attorney of San Francisco is considering a ban on the sales of all vapor products including vape mods, e-liquids and everything in between. Meanwhile, outgoing FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is threatening to ban all pod-based vape products nationwide before his impending departure on April 5.
With the constant barrage of negative news coverage and the escalating fear tactics of anti-vaping groups and public health regulators, one would believe that a tremendous body of scientific evidence exists to support the claims that teen vaping is now a public health crisis. However, several tobacco control experts have recently come forward to allege that this mysterious evidence perhaps does not exist at all. Instead, public health officials are creating a public health crisis for other, more suspicious motivations.
The Regulator Watch interview about teen vaping with Dr. Brad Rodu
Dr. Brad Rodu of the University of Louisville in Kentucky is a Professor of Medicine with over 25-years in advocacy work in the field of tobacco harm reduction. He has also conducted numerous vaping studies, one of which indicates that vaping has a 28 percent success rate in helping smokers to quit. The study entitled Quit Methods Used by American Smokers, 2013–2014 is still published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH).
On March 21, Brent Stafford of Regulator Watch published a remarkable interview where Dr. Rodu suggests that the data on which the FDA, the CDC, and other federal, state, and local public health organizations are basing their decisions to implement harsher vaping regulations may be incredibly flawed and biased. He further questions that if this scientific evidence does indeed exist, then why isn’t it made readily available for peer-review?
Mr. Stafford then asks, “So, they’re cherry-picking their own science,” to which Dr. Rodu confirms. Rodu further suggests that the fear-mongering tactics being applied to a “fake epidemic” of teen vaping by the FDA and the CDC are causing the anti-vaping aggression to spread to other countries. For example, in Canada most specifically, school principals are sometimes even removing the doors of boys’ restrooms in their attempts to battle a “crisis of vaping that has been vastly overblown.”
(Image courtesy of Regulator watch)