Ohio State University E-Cig Research is Already Biased

There have been several organisations over the past few years that have tried putting together the most in depth research on e cigs. Each time these reports findings have come out though, the answers have mostly been the same. “There isn’t enough data” or “we still don’t know the long-term effects.” These are two of the most common conclusions we receive. Luckily for us (sarcasm), the Ohio State University in the US has set out to conduct one of the most extensive research reports on e-cigarettes.

Look, for starters, we’re not belittling anyone. Any group that can find conclusive evidence, even if the findings don’t go our way, should be commended. But, the research needs to be conducted by groups with no interests in anything what-so-ever. And look what we have here – an Ohio State University research study funded by none other than the FDA themselves.

Yeah, you may say that we don’t like the FDA. That’s fine. Take our opinion out of it for a minute and look at what the FDA themselves are saying. As an example, here is what Dr. Peter Shields, who is representing this study, had to say: “We are concerned that people assume these products have fewer negative health effects as compared with cigarettes and other tobacco products. The reality is that they are still a tobacco product, and people are still inhaling potentially harmful chemicals.”

Two things immediately stood out when we read that article. One, they (e-cigs) are “still a tobacco product?” Yes, per the FDA they may be labelled that but no real scientist should ever consider them a tobacco product…at the very least not yet. There isn’t enough data, right? And with the current data that we do have, e-cigs do not contain any of the 18 known carcinogens that are found in tobacco cigarette smoke. This is an undisputed fact. Secondly and more importantly, at the top of the article it says “Sponsored.” Who is sponsoring this article and why? What kind of research group needs to sponsor this article to get the word out there? Could it be that they are using part of the FDA funds, at the behest of the FDA, to spread the (false) word about e-cigs? Obviously, we’ll never know but it sure looks like it.

It is evident that this study is deeply biased already. This is too bad, because the Ohio State University has a respected reputation to uphold. We guess when the FDA comes in though, that care goes out the window.

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