Seek and ye shall find
I came across an interesting headline yesterday.
Unexplained Vaping-Associated Illnesses Prompt Health Advisory In New York
Now I haven’t heard of any “vaping associated illnesses” before apart from that ridiculous and ridiculed “Popcorn Lung” farce. I read the article.
There are around 19.5 million people in New York [or 19.49 million if you want to be pedantic]. Of these, 11 have succumbed to this illness. Now that’s not 11 million or even 11 thousand. No, it’s plain eleven. Time for a bit of detective work?
So what have these eleven got in common that could be causing this illness? They studied this and came to the conclusion that all eleven were vapers or had vaped in the previous three months. Vaping had to be the cause!
This confused me lust a little. Surely they must have some other connection. Had they all breathed the same atmosphere for example? With 19.45 million in the state, there must be a few cars around? The number of vehicles must be well over a million so I would imagine that there is a fair amount of shit floating around up there? Or maybe there is something else in common. Where they frequenters of dry cleaning establishment? Had they at some point come in contact with each other? There are tons of variables out there but no, it had to be vaping!
Or look at it from another point of view. I don’t now how many vapers there are in New York but I will be very conservative and say around 5%. So there must be around a million who have at least tried vaping within the last three months? Yet only eleven have succumbed to this mysterious illness. If vaping is the cause then why aren’t there more victims?
What I would like to know is the attitude to the various doctors to smoking and vaping. Could it possibly be that they are very anti-smoking? I would imagine that is a dead certainty. I would also imaging they are also rabid anti-vapers too and would love to discover some deadly disease brought on by those tools of the devil [i.e. the tobacco industry].
I get the distinct stench of wish fulfilment here.
The connection will be the same as in a few cases in Milwaukee about two weeks back – it "had to be vaping". That the youngsters all were vaping some stuff they've bought on the streets and that contained other things than the usual ingredients of standard liquids, of course, had absolutely and without the slightest doubt nothing whatsoever to do with it.
Cards printed with "Correlation is not causation" should be nailed to their bloody foreheads! It's not likely to cause any harm to them, even if six-inch nails are used!
Another possibility is pathogen contamination possible with badly made stuff. Karl has the story.