Recently in the headlines, the USA’s best known tobacco researcher is retracting a study that said that vaping doubled the risk of heart attacks. This paper, written by Bhatta and Glantz was removed from the Journal of the American Heart Association and was paid effectively a waste of $20 million dollars by the FDA and the National Institutes of Health.
This study was questioned back in July by USA TODAY and the researcher even noticed back then that most of the heart attacks happened before people even vaped!
It’s like taking a survey of bodies in a graveyard and concluding that the cause of death was being buried alive - obviously that's ridiculous.
This study was used many times to try and argue for stricter regulations on vaping and most likely convinced numerous people to abstain from vaping - making them continue to smoke. Even after the editors and numerous other scientists admitted that the study was very weak, Glantz continued to stand by the paper.
Michael Siegal, a professor of community health sciences at Boston University acknowledged this all by stating that “there is a profound anti-e-cigarette bias among tobacco-control researchers, and this is precisely what caused this fiasco." The misconception that many of these researchers have is seen in the population as well. The proportion of the population that believes that vaping is as bad or worse than vaping is rising, and unless more publicity is given to these retractions and studies that show the truth about vaping, scientists and the public will continue to cloud the truth and let generations to come suffer under the threat of tobacco.