The lead scientist who conducted an e-cigarette study that recently ignited controversy has now formally issued a correction in order to clarify that the research did not find e-cigarette vapour was as harmful as cigarette smoke.
The scientist in question, Dr Jessica Wang-Rodriguez, was the lead researcher on the “Oral Oncology” study that cited two e-cigarette products “damaged cells in ways that could lead to cancer.”
Following the publishing of the study it swiftly received a shower of criticism for not representing any real world e-cigarette use. The study’s own press release made it clear that it “didn’t seek to mimic the actual dose of vapour that an e-cigarette user would get.” However, this didn’t deter a number of major media outlets presenting the research findings as if they were.
In wake of the aforementioned media coverage and its strong criticism, Rodriguez opted to write this correction which was added to the study’s press release:
“Contrary to what was stated or implied in much of the news coverage resulting from this news release, the lab experiments did not find that e-cigarette vapour was as harmful to cells as cigarette smoke. In fact, one phase of the experiments, not addressed in the news release, found that cigarette smoke did, in fact, kill cells at a much faster rate.
However, because similar cell-damage mechanisms were observed as the result of both e-vapour and regular cigarette smoke, Dr Wang-Rodriguez asserts, based on the evidence from the study, that e-cigarettes are not necessarily a healthier alternative to smoking regular cigarettes. As stated in the journal paper and the news release, further research is needed to better understand the actual long-term health effects of e-cigarettes in humans.”
Dr Michael Siegel, a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health, who boasts almost three decades of experience in the field of tobacco control, said, “not only is this conclusion baseless, but it is damaging to the public’s health. It undermines decades of public education about the severe hazards of cigarette smoking.
“To declare that smoking is no more hazardous than using e-cigarettes, a non-tobacco-containing product is a false and irresponsible claim.”
So if you know someone who was having second thoughts on replacing tobacco for an e cigarette starter kit they can now rest assured that they will see and feel the benefits in no time at all!