Both HealthDay and the Washington Examiner picked up the AVA’s response to a terribly performed study that purports to find that vapor products don’t help smokers quit.
“Asking smokers about their ‘ever use’ of a product, and then somehow attributing that ‘ever use’ to their subsequent success or failure to quit smoking months or years down the line, is dishonest and unethical,” said Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association.
He said that to keep “credibility,” the researchers should “have also sought out data about the relationship between ‘ever use’ of nicotine replacement therapy products like the gum and patch and a smoker’s ability to quit.”
Dr. Harlan Weinberg is medical director of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y. He believes that more research on the issue is needed.
The American Vaping Association slammed the study as disingenuous, pointing out that it was funded in part by the California Department of Public Health, which began a multimillion-dollar campaign against vaping.
“Asking smokes about their ‘ever use’ of a product, and then somehow attributing that ‘ever use’ to their subsequent success or failure in quitting smoking months or years down the line is dishonest and unethical,” said President Greg Conley.