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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).

Related Article:  University of Louisville study shows 28% success rate of vaping to quit smoking

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?

“The Numbers that U.S. regulators are basing their claims on simply aren’t available to the wider research community.  The one thing we know for sure is that in 2017 vaping was increasing but at a modest rate.  And a lot of the current frenzy about the ‘epidemic’ has been based on 2018 data, and unfortunately, only the FDA, the CDC, and other federal authorities have access to that data.”
 
Now, with respect to 2018 data, one thing we know is very clear.  Most teen vapers were using the products one to five days a month.  So, vaping was very infrequent.  There was only a small percentage of teen vapers who were using the products from twenty to thirty days, which is seen as more serious use.  We don’t know if those numbers have increased with the 2018 data because the CDC and the FDA have only released selected information.”
 

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.”

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