In his column of August 2, Adam Sullivan suggested that Iowa lawmakers do not accept the science about e-cigarettes. As a researcher who has reviewed the legitimate science on e-cigarettes, I find that only those with a vested interest in e-cigarettes are denying the science.
A 2019 report on the tobacco epidemic by the World Health Organization calls for stricter legislation on e-cigarettes, asserting there is no proof they help smokers quit, and are a gateway to tobacco addiction for young people.
A recent review in the medical journal The Lancet about research by JUUL Labs who produce JUUL, the most popular e-cigarette in the US, states that the obvious weaknesses in the research “undermine the scientific credibility of JUUL Labs-sponsored research” and “increases the risk of JUUL Labs influencing the research agenda of the tobacco control research field as a whole, and undermining public health.”
Two facts stand out in the debate about e-cigarettes: 1. Commercial interests including Big Tobacco are behind e-cigarettes (Does anyone really believe those who make conventional cigarettes would support e-cigarettes if these products were not just another move to legitimize addiction to nicotine for profit?).
2. Research without conflicts of interest does not show the safety and benefit of e-cigarettes over the real alternative, quitting nicotine addictions of all types.
(U.S. resident of Cedar Rapids)
Tobacco Control Research Center