This must surely set a new record for the most insane piece of “science” yet?
I honestly find it difficult to grasp the absurdity of their claim.
With just eight human subjects, the research cannot be considered definitive. No, it cannot be considered a “study” and to publish it shows total disregard for science and a desperate attempt to grab headlines. Unfortunately the meeja have lapped it up with misleading banners, and as the majority of readers will register the headline without reading the text it will indeed add totally unjustified concerns. But that’s all they want, isn’t it?
Lead author of the study Prof David Thickett noted that e-cigarettes “are safer in terms of cancer risk, but if you vape for 20 or 30 years and this can cause COPD (a progressive lung condition associated with smoking), then that’s something we need to know about.”
Why do we “need to know”? The world is full of shit that will possibly have an effect in 20 to 30 years time so what makes vaping any different? The answer is of course that it comes under the remit of Tobacco Control and that makes any old crap worthy of publication.
The one thing this “study” illustrates to perfection is the desperation of Tobacco Control to find anything, no matter how trivial, that will boost their obsessive and mindless preoccupation with nicotine in any form, apart of course from nicotine produced by Big Pharma. Have they produced any studies that examine the long term effect of nicotine patches in 20 to 30 years? Of course not.
I did a scientific study the other day. I was sitting outside the local coffee shop and out of ten people [i.e. a considerably larger sample than the “study” above] I can suggest that 80% of the population now smokes, and out of that 80%, 12.5% smoke a pipe.
Can anyone tell me why my study is any less valid?