Not too long ago, I had a little rant about a misleading vaping article linking e-juice with formaldehyde. Despite it being faulty in its findings, it was still being shared on social media misinforming everyone who came across it.
This really pisses off a lot of us in the community. If the publications really cared about giving reliable information to their audience, they would retract the boneheaded article or at least do a follow up correcting the false info.
In protecting the dignity of journalism, New York Times columnist Joe Nocera questions the finding which leads to one of the researchers, David Peyton, to back down from the claim.
According to Mr. Peyton, the original aim of the study was to compare the formaldehyde levels between e-cigarettes and cigarettes. He was not aware of the tweet by the New England Journal of Medicine that caused all the commotion “Authors project higher cancer risk than smoking.”
So it wasn’t really the researchers fault, but how does a simple formaldehyde test turn into a breakthrough study that proves vaping is deadlier than traditional cigarettes?