The trouble with building up a house of cards based on lying for your supper is that the truth is always out there waiting to blow it all down.
A review of hundreds of studies into smoking cessation has revealed that the overwhelming majority of ex-smokers gave up without resorting to nicotine replacement therapies.You don't say. Or, as the full research text puts it.
What is more, studies which extol the virtues of nicotine patches, gums and pills are more than twice as likely to have been funded by drug companies than others, the Australian researchers said.
In this Policy Forum, we test this law and, because a recent review of Cochrane selected randomized controlled trials of NRT , found that while 51% of industry-funded trials reported significant cessation effects, only 22% of nonindustry trials did, we also test the hypotheses that research on pharmaceutically mediated cessation is frequently conducted by researchers supported by pharmaceutical companiesMy my. All these years of swivel-eyed smoke-haters screaming about the corrupt practices of tobacco companies, yet here is the pharmaceutical industry with their fingers caught in the junk science till.
I would have thought that Amanda Sandford, spokesperson for
Not a bit of it.
But Amanda Sandford, of anti-smoking group Ash, disagreed with Professor Chapman's interpretation of the research.She must be talking about the studies funded by her pharma bankrollers - which would be frightfully hypocritical of her, don't you think? - as the real (non pharma-funded) evidence points to quite the opposite.
She said that studies into the benefits of nicotine patches and gums were 'robust' and that 'all the evidence points to relying on willpower alone is not terribly successful'.
Amanda surely can't have have forgotten about ASH being forced to apologise, and pay costs, for previous claims which rubbished alternative quitting methods to NRT, could she?
Today Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), the public health charity has apologised to Allen Carr’s Easyway Organisation for unfounded comments made by its Director in November 2006.53%? Wow! That kinda dwarfs the 1.6% success rate of pharmaceutical plasters and chewing rubber, doesn't it?
In November of last year, Deborah Arnott, Director of ASH claimed that specific success rates quoted by Allen Carr Easyway were “plucked out of the air” and “basically made up.” She made these comments whilst on the BBC Radio 4 “PM” programme during a piece concerning the death of Allen Carr, founder of Allen Carr’s Easyway organisation.
Deborah Arnott’s comments referred to two independent studies conducted by eminent experts in the field of smoking cessation which had already been published in peer reviewed journals indicating a 53% success rate for Allen Carr’s Easyway to Stop Smoking Clinics after 12 months.
Too many numbers, Dick, I can hear you cry - it's all so confusing. You'd be right to ask for a more clear explanation. So let's do a visual.
Here is the success rate of Allen Carr, a quit scheme built around willpower alone, which is 'not terribly successful' according to Amanda Sandford.
And here is what Amanda Sandford classes as success.
Still, who cares about health as long as ASH get paid and pharma sells shitloads of patches to the NHS at your expense, eh?
The nicotine supply war is probably the biggest lie generator the world has ever seen.