Dr. Brad Rodu, professor of medicine and tobacco control expert from the University of Louisville made a career battling forces responsible for promulgating suspect science in the field of tobacco harm reduction: there’s been no shortage of need for his effort. Regulators, public health agencies and colleagues in academia relentlessly use skewed science and cooked statistics in an effort to delegitimize safer alternatives to smoking. In this episode of RegWatch Dr. Rodu discusses events behind the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) retraction of a major study by authors Stanton Glantz and Dharma Bhatta of the University of California San Francisco that purported to show nicotine vaping led to an increase in heart attacks. The study fueled national panic over vaping and Dr. Rodu led the effort questioning the work. Also, Dr. Rodu addresses RegWatch’s recent questioning of the estimates for annual smoking-related deaths: Why is it that smoking rates continue to fall and the forecasts of smoking deaths stay the same?