A new study — actually a “research letter” — in JAMA Internal Medicine purports to discern the efficacy of e-cigarettes in helping smokers quit. In fact, no such attempt was even made, but the study’s authors, the journal, and the academic home of the authors all conspired to announce that the mission had been accomplished and the answer was, “No — they don’t help.”
It was a phony summary of a phony study that got most of the attention. Decide for yourself: anyone with a middle-school knowledge of the scientific method can decide if there’s any validity to this. The authors, from that hotbed of anti-e-cigarette mythology and hypocrisy, the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), followed 949 smokers over the course of one year. There were at baseline 88 “current users” of e-cigarettes, while the rest (851) were not. After the year had passed, the rate of smoking cessation was just about the same among the users and the non-users of e-cigarettes…..To Read More…..