PH vaping groups slam US journal

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    VAPING groups in the Philippines said the retraction of an “unreliable” study on electronic cigarettes by a US health publication validates their position that smoke-free nicotine products such as e-cigarettes, heat-not-burn tobacco products, and snus are much less harmful alternatives to cigarette smoking.

    The Vapers PH and the Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates were referring to the decision by the Journal of the American Heart Association last Feb. 18 to retract the publication of a study which implied that e-cigarette use is associated with increased risk of having had a heart attack.

    Experts described the conclusion of the study authored by anti-vaping Prof. Stanton Glantz and Dr. Dharma Bhatta as “false” and raised significant questions about the validity of the study that was originally published in JAHA’s June 2019 issue.  The JAHA editors eventually retracted the study on concerns that “the study conclusion is unreliable.”

    Peter Paul Dator, president of The Vapers Philippines, said that as early as 2015, Public Health England had issued a report stating that e-cigarettes are at least 95-percent less harmful to humans than combustible tobacco.  He said this is because e-cigarettes, heat-not-burn tobacco products, and snus deliver nicotine, a food-grade substance, without the process of combustion.