Farsalinos says ‘emotional, irrational hysteria’ against nicotine vapes needs to stop
Since the recent outbreak of a mysterious lung disorder allegedly linked to “vaping,” public health experts around the country have been coming to the defense of nicotine-base e-cigarettes. While the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially announced last week that 124 THC-containing brands were directly linked to the affected patients, many experts believe that this admission is too little too late.
In September 2019, Dr. Michael Siegel of Boston University said that the CDC’s failure to alert the community immediately of the dangers of vaping THC-enhanced cartridges was tantamount to “playing with children’s lives.” He’s also accused the CDC of negligence for failing to administer blood testing on the first diagnosed patients to determine whether THC or other drugs were somehow involved in the lung disorder. Had the public health agency acted more responsibly and with increased clarity during the early stages of the outbreak, perhaps more lives could have been saved.
Farsalinos takes on the CDC and mainstream media for its anti-vaping ‘bias’
In an Op Ed posted in E-cigarette Research, Dr. Konstantinos E Farsalinos of the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Kallithéa, Greece, is expressing similar outrage. Always an outspoken advocate for the tobacco harm reduction benefits of switching from smoking to vaping, Farsalinos says that the “emotional and irrational hysteria” occurring in the United States surrounding vaping is not only irresponsible. It needs to stop immediately.
“From an epidemiological perspective, the current situation with cases of acute respiratory failure reported in the US, is extremely unlikely (I would say, certainly not) attributed to products that have been available in the worldwide market for years and have been used by millions of consumers. The exact cause for these conditions should be urgently determined, and the emotional, irrational hysteria against e-cigarettes (in general) needs to stop as soon as possible.“
During the initial investigation, the CDC found that an estimated 80 percent of diagnosed patients admitted openly to having used THC-infused vapor cartridges. Many of them even confessed to having purchased their vapes illegally or thorough Black Market vendors. Yet the CDC somehow jumped to the conclusion that all vapes are suspect – even nicotine-based, FDA-regulated products. This mental and emotional leap to poor judgement is evidence of the CDC’s anti-vaping bias.
“All these conclusions, derived from applying simple principles of epidemiology, have been largely ignored by most authorities, regulators and scientists. Instead, we are witnessing a persistent, frantic, unprecedented campaign against conventional vaping, which in fact delivers a clear message to consumers that it is preferable to relapse back to smoking (or keep on smoking) rather than use (or switch to) e-cigarettes. The media campaign is so intense and so epidemiologically unjustified that it exceeds the definition of confirmation bias.”
Farsalinos points out that the CDC had already determined very early in the investigation that none of the affected patients had admitted to long-term nicotine-based e-cigarette usage. Furthermore, conventional nicotine vapes have been around for nearly a decade. So, why is it that all of a sudden a mysterious outbreak of a strange lung disorder appears seemingly out of nowhere?
And why is it that the disease in not prevalent in other countries around the world? “It makes absolutely no sense that the same products that have been used for several years by millions and never caused any disease outbreak are only today causing acute disease,” Farsalinos says.
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