When scientists from Yale University released a new vaping study last week that focused on teen dripping, many were surprised to learn that the entire report was based on a complete falsehood. Perhaps the mistake was unintentional, but the basis of the study and its related conclusions depend entirely on the researchers’ definition of the term “dripping.”
Yale definition is not only inaccurate, but if teenagers or anyone else reading the report would to experiment with dripping in the manner that Yale describes, the results could be catastrophic. Unfortunately, the article was picked up my several major media outlets and shared extensively online through social media.
A crucial line within the report led by Dr. Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin states the following.
“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 with the Yale study is that the scientists define dripping as the act of placing drops of e-liquid directly onto the coil of the vaping device. The real definition of dripping involves placing the tiny droplets directly onto the wick. Placing the e-juice directly onto a heating coil of 350 degrees or greater is extremely dangerous and should never, ever be done!
Yale campaign of misinformation on teen dripping
The trouble with this Yale study and the related publications that picked up the report is that the journalists did not check the fine print. In fact, many journalists who write articles on vaping and e-cigs for major news organizations have no real-life experience with vaping whatsoever. So, they often just repeat and republish whatever story hits the Internet without checking the facts.
This is likely what happened with the Yale study, but by spreading misinformation, reporters are dramatically increasing the dangers to public health. The last thing that we need is another surge of e-cig explosions related to a Yale Study that mistakenly defines the art of dripping.
Of course, the Yale scientists are also to blame. Why did they not take the time to clearly identify the proper procedures for dripping before wasting so much valuable resources, time, and money on an e-cig study that does more harm than good? Sorry Yale. This vaping research definitely misses the mark.