Stanford teen vaping report ‘smells fishier than month-old cod,’ says expert
Big Tobacco lobbyists and anti-vaping hysterics are obsessed with teenage vaping and laser-focused on enacting vaping bans across the country to destroy the industry. They are desperate to politicize the COVID-19 pandemic by finding a link between the virus and youth death rates. This tactic has become increasingly evident with the recent surge in headlines making unproven accusations related to a recent “study” conducted by researchers at Stanford University and the University of California, San Francisco.
Published last week in the Journal of Adolescent Health, the report entitled “Association Between Youth Smoking, Electronic Cigarette Use, and Coronavirus Disease 2019” claims that teens who vape are more prone to contracting the coronavirus. The findings suggesting that teens who vape may have a five to seven trims increased risk of infection is perfect fodder for webmasters of mainstream media websites to create click-bait articles to boost viewership.
Farsalinos, Minton on Standford vaping ‘study'
The Stanford report was largely based on an online national survey of 13 to 24-year-olds where questions were asked about the respondents’ vaping histories. Reading the fine print, the researchers findings indicating that teen vaping increases risks of obtaining COVID by five to seven times is based on data collected from “ever users” rather than “daily users. This led to Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, a leading e-cig researcher in Greece, to tweet the following.
Ever (but NOT current) vaping linked to COVID-19. Similar to saying that ever (but not daily) eating bacon is linked to obesity! The study also suggests that approx 40% of all US diagnostic tests for COVID until May 14 were performed in 13-24 year olds!! https://t.co/osyUC8HbKh— K. Farsalinos (@FarsalinosK) August 12, 2020
Michelle Minton, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said, “This study smells fishier than month-old cod.” She would also add the following statement in an interview with Filter Magazine.
“All it demonstrates is that if you give one group of people more COVID tests, that group will end up with more confirmed cases. Since the e-cigarette users in the survey reported three times more testing, it’s unsurprising the study found more confirmed COVID-19 cases among e-cigarette users. Had the authors calculated risk based on testing rates, it would have shown no difference in COVID-19 cases between e-cigarette users and non-users. But, that’s not how the authors chose to report their results.”
The EVALI anti-vaping playbook
America has been here before - and not too long ago. This anti-vaping playbook was most recently used during the so-called EVALI outbreak of 2019. While government-funded public health agencies like the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were quick to saturate social and mainstream media with warnings and “recommendations” to avoid the use of all vapor products until such time that a cause could be decisively determined, these same defiant organizations were slow to admit publicly that the true cause of the respiratory disorder had already been determined – contraband THC-containing cartridges.
There never was a link between EVALI and nicotine-based vape products. And the CDC knew it all along. As far back as August of 2019, the California bureau chief of Leafly.com, David Downs, was already aggressively warning its readership to avoid all THC-enhanced vapor products containing the chemical additive vitamin E acetate.
Although this compound is useful in cosmetics and other products, it creates a toxic Ketene gas when vaporized and inhaled. Many manufacturers of lesser-quality THC products had been using vitamin E acetate as a cheap dilutive for their illegally purchased THC oils.
Repeated disinformation campaigns against vaping are big win for Big Tobacco
Even though Mr. Downs had been screaming about the dangers of black market THC cartridges since the late summer of 2019, it would still take the CDC another six months to get on board. Using taxpayer money, President Trump even held his own White House meeting to discuss the possibility of a total, nationwide vaping ban.
In attendance were members of vaping advocacy groups Like Greg Conley of the American Vaping Association , representatives of anti-vaping organizations like the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, executives of vapor companies like JUUL, medical specialists, and several politicians like the vaping hating Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah).
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After all the hype and mania, Mr. Trump wasn’t buying it. In a press conference posted shared on ABC News Live, the President said that his greatest fear of imposing a vape ban was the almost certain exponential rise that would surely follow of black market “poison” getting into the hands of America’s youth.
In a February 25 press release, the CDC would finally be forced to concede and admitted that nicotine-based vapes were in no way associated with EVALI. But after six months of negative press, the damage had already been done. Vaping’s reputation was in the toilet.
And now, thanks to the Stanford report, it is happening all over again. David Sweanor, a tobacco control analyst at the University of Ottawa told Brent Stafford of Regulatory Watch that there is already strong evidence that Americans of all age groups are switching back to smoking in huge numbers. Bogus publications like the Stanford study will drive them back even faster.
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