The problem with Yale’s e-cig study on ‘teen dripping’

When Yale University released a new e-cig study recently regarding teen dripping, the world of vaping immediately took notice while remaining hopefully optimistic of its possible conclusions.  Many were hoping that – finally – an Ivy League Institution was going to definitively prove once and for all that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is totally off-base by demonizing e-cigs.

Unfortunately, just like the FDA, Yale got it wrong on so many levels.

But this didn’t stop newspapers around the world from reporting on the misleading e-cig study which alleges a dangerous epidemic of e-juice dripping among teen vapers.  Journalists will apparently report just about anything that comes out of Yale, even if they are unable (or unwilling) to verify the allegations.

According to the Yale e-cig study led by Dr. Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, teens are dripping their e-juice more and more.  And teens who drip are experiencing an increase in safety concerns as well as health-related issues.  The problem is: Yale’s definition of dripping is totally and completely wrong!

“E-cigarettes are also being used for ‘dripping,’ which involves vaporizing the e-liquid at high temperatures by dripping a couple of drops of e-liquid directly onto an atomizer’s coil and then immediately inhaling the vapor that is produced.”

The problem is: Yale’s definition of dripping sucks!

Predictably, both pro-vaping and anti-vaping activists went into emotional overload when the Yale study came out.  Anti-vaping advocacy groups used the Yale study as political ammunition to call for an immediate ban on vaping nationwide.

Pro-vaping advocates were pissed off that Yale failed to take the time to learn what “dripping” really is.

Dripping does not involve the placing of a “couple of drops of e-liquid directly onto an atomizer’s coil,” as Dr. Sarin and his group of scientific lackeys claim.   This is 100% inaccurate, and if it were true, the results would be downright life-threatening.

Instead of placing e-liquid on a heated coil of perhaps 350 degrees Celsius or more, which would be completely suicidal even for the most veteran vaper, dripping involves placing the drops of e-liquid directly onto the wick.  The cartomizer or tank is taken out of the equation, that’s all.  No e-liquid ever touches the heated coil.  And no increase in vaping temperatures exist either.

Yale’s publication of a misinformed e-cig study is extremely dangerous.

When Yale publishes e-cig research based on the alarming premise that teens are placing drops of e-liquid directly onto heated coils of extremely high temperatures, Yale is essentially creating a public health hazard.

As tens of thousands of newspapers and bloggers picked up the story, the Yale study essentially went viral.  Millions of teens read this report and learned the incorrect and extremely unsafe way to “drip.”  If any teenager tried to drip in this manner, the results could be catastrophic!

Yet, once again, the mainstream media refuses to warn the American public that this Yale e-cig study is not only 100% bogus but dangerously ill-conceived in its implementation of basic scientific principles.  Yale must issue an immediate retraction.

Article Credit: Matt Rowland

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