name Stanton Glantz
class PR researcher
category Wakefield
funding (commercial?) tobacco control
association ??
bloomberg ties probable (via CTFK)
motivation funding / street cred?
science aversion 🟥🟥🟧🟧🟩

Stanton Glantz was a renowned anti-tobacco activist, before his attention turned to smearing harm reduction. He left the University of Cali/SF due to extra-academic misconduct, after some of his propagated publications were retracted for significant "conflations". Even WHO and TI have since scrubbed references (previously cherrished) in most position papers.

His outrageous claims also gave him meme status among vapers.

origin story

  • Was originally an aerospace/rocket engineer. Later interest in medicine.
  • Mysterious drop of internal documents/memos from corporate tobacco, which was the starting point for the Truth tobacco industry documents archive, expanded to 14M later on.
  • Ever more vocal anti-tobacco activist since, proponent of smoking bans (genuine nonsmokers protection).
  • More to his credit: He originally opposed the formation of TI from T-MSA money.

academic / funding pressure, shifting focus

  • devoted his attention to uncovering scary stuff on e-cigarettes early on (2013)
  • maybe because of government funding (pressure/slanting?) → not actually looked this up. see references...
  • albeit his main incentive might have been the belief in nicotine addiction (= probably inverted conclusion from big tobaccos’ congress lying?)

weird statements

In context, he might have been referring to dual use here:

Using e-cigs increases exposure to toxic chemicals for most users; they would be better off just smoking.

His retracted study was commonly persiflaged as:

E-Cigarettes can cause heart attacks ten years before they're used.



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