Why claims of mysterious lung ailments ‘linked to vaping’ are pure evil

Mainstream media is complicit in spreading disinformation and – in many cases – outright lies regarding an alleged outbreak of mysterious vaping-related lung diseases suddenly popping up around the country.  This strange phenomenon also seems to be limited to within the confines of the United States with no such similar news reports surfacing abroad.  In several alarming instances, vaping is even being attributed to the death of a male patient in Illinois.

So-called journalists spreading this anti-vaping propaganda have but a single predominant goal in mind:  To get as many clicks, likes, and retweets as possible to improve their brand name recognition.  The fact that they may be complicit in the deaths of potentially millions of adult smokers trying to quit by driving them back into the loving arms of Big Tobacco is of no apparent concern whatsoever.

The real issue is the vaping of unregulated products

The headlines spreading across the webosphere are frightening, to say the least.  The British news organization The Daily Mirror ran a startling story last week entitled, “Man becomes ‘first person in the world’ to die from ‘vaping’.  By craftily placing certain words like “vaping” and “first person in the world” within quotation marks, the newspaper avoids future possibilities of legal issues.

Yet, the average reader receives the gist of the paper’s eerie, underlying message.  Vaping is bad.  Vaping kills.  Go back to smoking Big Tobacco.

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In a recent Regulator Watch interview with Dr. Riccardo Polosa of the Institute for Internal Medicine & Clinical Immunology at University of Catania in Italy, host Brent Stafford made the following assertion.

“Specifically, the CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has said that they do not know what product was used, what brand was used, or what substance was used.  But yet, it’s national news, and it’s connected to ‘vaping.’”

Polosa responds by placing a significant portion of the blame on American journalists who lack the desire or skills set to full vet press announcements published by federal government agencies like the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  He also claims the allegations of 94 of the individual diagnoses somehow occurring in the single state of Wisconsin is “very suspicious.”

 “I really think some investigation is needed there.  I mean, after ten years of vaping, now all at once, in Wisconsin, there have been something like twenty cases in the last month…I mean , these micro-academics...if it is true and it is due to vaping, it may be related to some street stuff  (ie: the vaping of restricted or illegal products) or to some do-it-yourself kind of things that kids are involved into.  And has nothing to do with commercial products that have been tested and retested according to the internal industry standards.” 

Very few news organizations are taking the essential time and effort to investigate the scientific evidence – if it even exists – that supports the outrageous claims of the FDA and CDC.  The Washington Examiner (WE) seems to be one of the rarer, more highly professional news organizations willing to point out the tremendous flaws in the conspiracy theory.

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The original source of the mysterious lung disease story stems from a CNN report discussing a mid-August press release published by the CDC.  In this announcement, the CDC states that the agency is beginning an investigation into some 153 cases of severe lung disease in patients from 16 states with past histories of “vaping.”

The term ‘vaping’ is generic

Most professional journalists know by now that the term “vaping” is generic.  People can vape nicotine-infused e-liquids. They can vape cannabidiol or CBD oils.  And they can vape cannabis products, dry herbs, or even heroine if they so choose.

Vaping is not the problem.  What these mysterious patients are putting in their pipe, so to speak, is.  The Washington Examiner makes this abundantly clear in an August 26 news report.

“These stories all have one thing in common, and it's not Juul. The common denominator is that the people suffering from these illnesses were using illegal and unregulated products, most containing cannabis oil and other unknown ingredients. Not a single one of these cases has been attributed to the use of a legal nicotine product.”

The WE publication also points to a January article authored by the Heartland Institute's Lindsey Stroud which describes three Indiana teenagers being hospitalized after using 'THC vape pens that were laced with an unknown substance.' Also during the same month, another six teens in New Mexico “were hospitalized after vaping marijuana wax.”

Related Article:   Four public health experts suggest FDA lacks proof of so-called vaping ‘epidemic’

Meanwhile, journalists, bloggers, and news anchors never talk about teen smoking rates anymore.  Juul has become the most hated company in America simply because an ill-meaning former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb released a press announcement intentionally labeling teen vaping as a national “epidemic.”

Coincidentally as the “epidemic” was allegedly rearing its ugly head, national teen smoking rates were s plummeting to their lowest points in history.  Gottlieb, however, has since moved on to a new position with the Big Pharma company Pfizer – a company which holds the patents on the stop-smoking drug Chantix.    Connecting the dots of this anti-vaping conspiracy should be an easy task for any veteran journalist.  But – apparently – it’s not. 

Related Article:   Public health expert: FDA claim of teen vaping epidemic is ‘shockingly reckless’

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