Fake news is a huge topic, as hoaxsters are accused of swaying opinions and spreading false information through our airways. And the e-cig industry doesn’t appear to be escaping the wrath of fake news. The majority of mainstream science continually absolves e-cigarettes and the vaping culture. After gaining popularity around ten years ago, e-cigarettes have become the most popular method of smoking cessation. People aren’t wrong to use e-cigs to help them quit smoking, if the scientific evidence is carefully considered. It has been reported that vaping doubles a smoker’s chances of quitting. It has also been reported that e-cigs do not cause DNA damage, and they do not produce an oxidative stress response in viable epithelial lung cells. Guy Bentley, writing in the Washington Examiner, revealed the ins and outs of the fake news in vaping story.
“The most recent example of lackluster journalism in the e-cigarette universe concerns a study from the University of California Los Angeles examining habitual e-cigarette use and increased cardiovascular risk. The study was extremely small, with just 42 participants. It concluded that vaping might be associated with increased cardiovascular risk. But even these modest and indecisive findings were caveated in the study's press release. "The researchers note that they cannot confirm causality on the basis of a single, small study and that further research into the potential adverse cardiovascular health effects of e-cigarettes is warranted," said the press release.”However, the study was quickly dismissed by experts. "Overall, then, this is a small study with several possible explanations for the findings, only one of which could be that using e-cigarettes is a possible risk for heart disease," said Paul Aveyard, University of Oxford Professor of Behavioural Medicine. More over, Linda Bauld, Professor of Health Policy at the University of Stirling, added: "These findings cannot conclude that heart disease will develop as a result of vaping without smoking." It must be pointed out that this is just one example. For further information, visit Bentley’s fantastic piece in the Washington Examiner that investigates why fake news is plaguing the e-cigarette debate.