WHO: Research results do not matter – but it matters who writes the conclusions?

A report by WHO’s research unit warns against e-cigarettes. The report’s conclusion section disregards data that show unambiguously that traditional cigarettes pose a 60 times higher threat. 

The Català d’Oncologia Institute, which also operates as a WHO research unit (WHO Collaborating Center for Tobacco Control), conducted research showing that the average concentration of PM2.5 particulates in rooms where e-cigarette users are present is almost 60 times lower than in rooms occupied by traditional smokers.

However, the conclusions published by the authors of the research project in the latest edition of Current Environmental Health Reports only warn against contaminants generated by electronic cigarettes.  There is no mention of the many times lower risk associated with this in comparison to the data obtained when examining rooms where traditional cigarettes are regularly smoked.

– The average concentration of PM2.5 in a smoker’s house is 572.5 μg/m3, so almost 60 times more. This is a significant difference – I wonder why the Spaniards failed to put it in the conclusions… – Mirosław Dworniczak Ph.D. comments the results of research by WHO’s research center.  He also adds that the data collected during the tests clearly show that in the e-smoker’s house the average concentration of PM2.5 is 9.88 μg/m3, and 9.53 μg/m3 in non-smoking households. – Practically, this means that these results are very much the same, the difference is in the range of experimental error (<4%). – notices Mirosław Dworniczak.