Heart Research Attacked

Posted 16th March 2018 by Dave Cross
UC San Francisco (UCSF) claims to be “a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research”. As it trumpets another poor study (declaring vaping to increase the risk of coronary infarctions) observers must wonder if the institution considers the ramifications for its reputation?

The vaper’s friend Stanton Glantz led the study; the press release announces: “This is the first evidence of a substantial, human health impact of the popular devices that were first introduced about a decade ago, indicating that e-cigarettes may be more dangerous than previously thought.”

The problem with this statement is that there is no evidence being presented for public examination. None.

Glantz, currently waiting for a punitive damages jury trial to answer charges of sexual harassment, said: “The finding of increased heart attack risk for e-cigarette use, in addition to the risks of any smoking, is particularly troubling, because most people who use e-cigarettes continue to smoke cigarettes.”

Speaking further about his exercise in statistical manipulation, Glantz added: “E-cigarettes are widely promoted as a smoking cessation aid, but for most people, they actually make it harder to quit smoking, so most people end up as so-called ‘dual users’ who keep smoking while using e-cigarettes.”

“The new study shows that the risks compound. Someone who continues to smoke daily while using e-cigarettes daily has an increased risk of a heart attack by a factor of five. The good news is that the risk of heart attack starts to drop immediately after you stop smoking. Our study also shows little risk associated with being a former e-cigarette user.”

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He claims that dual-use increases the chances of a heart attack by five-fold.

Glantz’ former colleague Michael Siegel was the first to flag up strong concerns about these claims: “correlation does not equal causation. This study is a perfect demonstration of that phenomenon.”

As people were asked if they had ever suffered a heart attack, it impossible to pinpoint the cause. Moreover, given the time needed for something like vaping to take effect on the body – it is impossible to say that ecig had any part to play in heart problems.

Siegel states: “It is entirely possible that in most of these cases, the smokers suffered a heart attack and then started vaping in an attempt to quit smoking. In fact, I believe that is the most likely explanation for the observed study findings.”

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Siegel does add that it vital that dual-users aim to eliminate smoking as soon as possible.

Professor Carl Phillips, an economist and respected authority on tobacco harm reduction, has previously referred to all of Stanton Glantz’ research work as “junk science” and “lies”.

 Dave Cross
Article by Dave Cross
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