There is no ‘epidemiological basis’ for this anti-vaping hysteria, says cardiologist
It all began in the fall of 2019 when a mysterious lung disorder first began appearing in younger vapers in Wisconsin. At first, only a few cases were reported, but within several weeks, those numbers steadily grew to over 2,000 across numerous states. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) very quickly began claiming that they had no idea what was causing the potentially life-threatening disorder. All that they could surmise is that it was “vaping related.”
In September of that same year, two brothers were arrested in Kenosha, Wisconsin for allegedly conspiring to manufacture, market, and sell tens of thousands of contraband vapor cartridges laced with illegally acquired THC oil. Within days, Taylor and Jacob Huffhines were behind bars along with their mother and several of their employees.
The controversy over the “vaping related” lung scare escalated steady into the new year as the CDC repeatedly released multiple public health warnings recommending everyone in America avoid vaping of any kind. Strangely, a man by the name of David Downs had been warning cannabis users since August 2019 – a full month before the Huffhines’ arrests – that a potentially lethal form of cannabis oil was being peddled on the black market.
Downs just so happened to be the California bureau chief of Leafly Magazine, a publication geared toward marijuana enthusiasts, and he had apparently already solved the case.
David said that the cause of the lung injuries – later given the name EVALI by the CDC – was not conventional nicotine-based vapes at all. It wasn’t even the vaping of cannabidiol (CBD) or THC-containing oils, necessarily. It was contraband cartridges using vitamin E acetate to dilute the cannabis oils into a more easily vapable texture.
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Nonetheless, the CDC continued spreading their anti-vaping propaganda from well before David Down’s remarkable discovery in August 2019 until nearly March of the following year. And while the CDC, the FDA, and innumerable mainstream media newscasters incessantly spread their “vaping related” disinformation on television and social media for months, the CDC finally and oh-so-quietly issued a February 25, 2020 press release which somewhat concedes that David was right all along.
“Due to continued declines in new EVALI cases since September 2019, and the identification of vitamin E acetate as a primary cause of EVALI, today’s release is the final biweekly CDC update on the number of hospitalized EVALI cases and deaths nationally. CDC will continue to provide assistance to states, as needed, related to EVALI and will provide future updates as needed at: www.cdc.gov/lunginjury.”
To this very day, a substantial portion of the American public wrongly believes that vaping is more harmful and possibly even more lethal than smoking. Well before the CDC admitted publicly that vitamin E acetate was the real culprit, public health experts like Dr. Michael Siegel of Boston University blasted the CDC for “playing with children’s lives.” Siegel claimed that the CDC knew all along that black market cartridges were the real threat, but CDC officials intentionally failed to inform the public due to political pressures to annihilate the vaping industry.
In an Op Ed posted in E-cigarette Research on September 5,2019, Dr. Konstantinos E Farsalinos of the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Kallithéa, Greece, also expressed his anger and indignation against the once-great CDC. “I have been following the recent developments and announcements in the US on the serious, acute cases of respiratory failure which have been presented as ‘vaping related,’ Dr. Farsalinos began. “It would not be a hyperbole to characterize the reactions, announcements and statements of some authorities, regulators and scientists as hysterical. There is no doubt that they are emotional, inaccurate and without any scientific and epidemiological basis.”