Letters to the Editor

Real disinformation comes from e-cigarette promoters

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.

Stephen Hamann

(U.S. resident of Cedar Rapids)

Tobacco Control Research Center

Bangkok, Thailand

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