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Use & Misuse of Water-filtered Tobacco Smoking Pipes in the World. Consequences for Public Health, Research & Research Ethics

  Use & Misuse of Water-filtered Tobacco Smoking Pipes in the World. Consequences for Public Health, Research & Research Ethics. The Open Medicinal Chemistry Journal 2015 (27 Feb) ; 9:1-12. Doi: 10.2174/1874104501509010001. PMID: 25861403 Abstract Background: The traditional definition of an “epidemic” has been revisited by antismoking researchers. After 400 years, Doctors would have realized […]

Malaysian Ban, Science & Ethics. Undeclared Religion-related Conflict of Interests in Two Biomedical Journals

Subject: Two articles authored by a “tobacco”control”” researcher (Sa’ed Zyoud) involved in a nationwide religious ban (“fatwa”) in Malaysia have been published in the Harm Reduction Journal and Tobacco Induced Diseases one (BioMed Central group). The author has never declared such a serious conflict of interest, therefore violating the so-called ethical code of conduct of […]

First Dead in Global Epidemic of Hookah Prohibition

Source: Brooklyn (Pix11), New York, USA. A man who was critically injured after a hookah lounge explosion has died, officials said [1]. Mohammad Saram, 22, suffered burns over 90 percent of his body, the New York Post reported. The man ran out into the street on fire Tuesday after chemicals he was using caused the […]

The Making of a Hookah Story “Only on CNN”. Revelations from behind the Scenes…

Issue: CNN and the planned global prohibition of smoking (and “vaping”). How the last hookah story on CNN by Chethan Sathya was prepared [1] On the 10th of January of this year, we were contacted by Cheythan Sathya from Canada, who said he was a so-called medical doctor “Fellow in Global Journalism”. This was apparently […]

Qatar & the US Host “Friends of Syria”‘s (*) International War Conference against the Middle East Peace Pipe

Qatar & the US Host “Friends of Syria”‘s (*) International War Conference against the Middle East Peace Pipe. Place: Doha (Qatar) from 25 to 27 Oct 2014. (*) ex-partners of Middle East beheaders… Subject: an important communiqué on some unknown aspects of the war on Syria. Keywords: US-Syrian “”research”” centre in Aleppo; NATO epidemiology; cover […]

Qatar, les “Amis de la Syrie” et les Etats-Unis d’Amérique organisent une conférence internationale de guerre contre le calumet de la paix oriental

Qatar, les “Amis de la Syrie” (récents ex-compagnons des coupeurs de tête au Moyen Orient…) et les Etats-Unis d’Amérique organisent une conférence internationale de guerre contre le calumet de la paix oriental à Doha du 25 au 27 oct. 2014… Objet: Communiqué important sur quelques aspects inconnus de la guerre contre la Syrie. Mots-clés: Centre […]

Whistle-Blower’s Private Postal Letter Opened, Scanned & Published by “Legacy Foundation” (UCSF)

I knew, particularly since Edward Snowden’s revelations, that all our private electronic communications (email, among others) are under mass surveillance by government agencies (NSA/CIA and other bodies) and involve mail services such as Gmail, YahooMail, Hotmail and AOL mail. I naively believed that POSTAL mail (i.e. PAPER correspondence) would remain sheltered from that totalitarian intrusion […]

The US-American University of Beirut & the US National Endowment for Democracy: a Comparison (Research Announcement)

Scope of planned research Respective rationales of both institutions, their agendas, priorities, funding sources (direct and, above all, indirect). The National Endowment for Democracy (NED)   According to William Blum, a famous analyst of US foreign policy [1]: “The National Endowment for Democracy, an agency created by the Reagan administration in 1983 to promote political […]

URGENT: Palestinians in Great Danger, New US-Canadian Study Reveals…

Researchers from Harvard (USA), Waterloo & Toronto (Canada) warn against the global situation in the Great Middle East, highlighting the “dangerous levels of particulate matter in smoking public venues in Lebanon, Pakistan, Syrian Arab Republic and Tunisia”. Further to the visit of the “official” delegation to Gaza coffee houses, they concluded that Palestinians should immediately […]

Iran-US Front against the Middle East Peace Pipe. When World Renowned Epidemiologists Pathetically Back their Claims with Wikipedia “Encyclopaedia”…

(cont. title): “and when the leader (Paolo Boffetta)’s hypocritical plea for “epistemological modesty” is once again exposed… and where only “Fourth-Hand Smoke” remains unexplored…” For a few years now, a joint team of Iranian and US scientists has been actively participating in a global campaign against the Middle East Peace Pipe (MEPP). The initiative is […]

La cigarette électronique vue par le PLAGIAIRE en blouse blanche n°1 en France

Le plagiaire scientifique numéro un en France intervient dans le débat sur la cigarette électronique avec une comparaison stupide et mensongère avec la «chicha» Le plagiaire Bertrand Dautzenberg (preuve irréfutable du délit commis avec Jean-Yves Nau du journal Le Monde et les illustrations de “Charb” (“Charlie Hebdo” ICI) notoirement et financièrement lié aux intérêts de […]

Tunisian Revolutionary Doctors Find Middle East Peace Pipe Much Less Detrimental to Lungs than Cigarettes

In spite of widely prevalent censorship and editorial pressures of all sorts in that tobacco-related field of research and strong self-censorship -leading independent authors to downplay scientific results (i.e. negative results) viewed as not “politically-correct” and also refrain from citing blacklisted scientists (i.e. independent scientists)…. Against the backdrop of such a gloomy context, lung specialists […]

Polio False-Flag in Syria: “Opposition” Scholars at War against both the Syrian Government and the Middle East Peace Pipe (The Lancet)

Summary: Serious accusations targeting the Syrian government (for having discarded, on purpose, poliomyelitis vaccination campaigns in those areas occupied by the armed gangs) come from various sources: the doctors of the so-called “opposition” in the USA (Wasim MAZIAK, head of the US-“research” centre on tobacco in Aleppo, in particular); their “active” colleagues in Lebanon (mainly […]

Long-Lived Hoax about Middle East Peace Pipe (1 Hookah Equals 100 Cigarettes) Officially Abandoned

Historic quoteworthy statements: -“Smoking from a hookah during a typical 45-minute session is equivalent to smoking about 100 cigarettes, [Thomas] EISSENBERG said” (ABC News, 01 June 2011)[1]. -“Shisha 200 times worse than a cigarette” say Middle East experts [interview with Wasim MAZIAK and Alan SHIHADEH (Action on Smoking and Health, 27 March 2007 [2]. The […]

An Emirati Gazelle Tells You the “Truth” about the Hazards of the Middle East Peace Pipe (Hookah, Shisha, Narghile)

We usually comment on the pseudo-science to be found in academic journals or reports published by international “public health” agencies such as the WHO, for instance. We will make an exception today with a text authored by “Sam Ball” which appeared under title “Shisha: Truth behind Smokescreens” in “The Gazelle”, a student publication from the […]

A Pseudoscientific Stinking Consensus (Big «Tobacco Harm Reduction», Big Pharma, Big Tobacco) against the Middle East Peace Pipe

From a recent article published by Dr Brad Rodu on his own “blog” (amazingly titled “Tobacco Truth”….)[1], it is now clear that most new «Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR)» advocates (*), particularly those having received funding from the tobacco industry (dubbed Big Tobacco), have now jumped on the global anti- ««waterpipe»» (warcode name) wagon driven by the […]

Patched Up Pseudoscience & PLAGIARISM on Behalf of UK Researchers (Olivia Maynard et al.) in Big Pharma Supported Journal

“Plagiarism is globally recognised as a serious academic offence” (The Lancet) After one decade of tricks, scientific misconduct and corresponding mass-publishing and mass-advertising in the media, «tobacco «control»» researchers at war against the ««waterpipe»» (i.e. the Middle East Peace Pipe) are progressively abandoning, one by one, the myths and hoaxes which contributed to their fame […]

Open Letter to Wasim Maziak, Syrian Political Opponent and Head of the US-Syrian «Research» Centre in Aleppo (US-SCTS)

Source : Lettre ouverte à Wasim Maziak, opposant politique syrien et directeur du centre « de recherche » USA-Syrie à Alep (US-SCTS) [Open Letter to Wasim Maziak, Syrian Political Opponent and Head of the US-Syrian «Research» Centre in Aleppo (US-SCTS)]. Par Kamal Chaouachi, 7 septembre 2013 Abstract in English : US-Syrian political opponent Wasim Maziak, heads a so-called […]

First Prohibitionist International Conference on ««Waterpipe»» (Emirates, 20-23 Oct 2013)

First Prohibitionist International Conference on ««Waterpipe»» (Emirates, 20-23 Oct 2013). To Celebrate One Decade of Big Pharma Pseudo-Science on the Middle East Peace Pipe ««Waterpipe»» antismoking experts of the world (by coincidence, the authors of the WHO flawed report on the issue)[1], funded, directly or indirectly, by the great names of the pharmaceutical industry (nicotine […]

“««Waterpipe»» Addiction”: one of the Greatest Fallacies in Tobacco Research

“Shisha smoking is more addictive than cocaine, expert says” (Gulf News, 26 Oct 2013) The cited ««expert»» is Wasim Maziak: the same who chiefly authored the WHO junk report ; the same who recently published a pro-NATO ««public health»» paper denying the reality of 1 million deaths in Iraq and; unsurprisingly, a Syrian political ««opponent»» […]

“Tobacco Smoking Using a ««Waterpipe»»…” (Maziak et al 2004): World Most Antiscientific Publication in Biomedical Research

In the open English biomedical literature (*), the following “review” is the most flawed and most erroneous article ever published on ««waterpipe»» smoking in one decade: Maziak W, Ward KD, Afifi Soweid RA, Eissenberg T. Tobacco smoking using a waterpipe: a re-emerging strain in a global epidemic. Tobacco Control 2004; 13: 327-333. http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/vol13/issue4/ It is […]

Pre-Columbian Tobacco Smoking Mummies? Evidence in the Light of Most Recent Tobaccological & Anthropological Findings

Warning: This article is republished from the original source: the Tabaccologia scientific journal, a peer-reviewed biomedical publication from Italy. The proper citation is as follows: Kamal Chaouachi. Did pre-Columbian mummies smoke tobacco ? Evidence in the light of most recent tobaccological & anthropological findings [Una revisione critica degli elementi di prova ala luce delle conclusioni […]

The US-American University of Beirut and the Juicy Business of Systematically Flawed ““Systematic Reviews”” on ««Waterpipe»»

The most recent of a series of five so-called ««systematic reviews»» on “««waterpipe»» tobacco smoking” authored by a team led by Elie Akl at the University of New York at Buffalo (USA), is now available in the Harm Reduction Journal [1][2-5]. The scope of the manipulation is, once again, so wide that this “whistle-blowing” note […]

“Ce qu’il faut savoir sur le narguilé (shisha): histoire, culture et santé” [Hookah & Health 2013: What You Should Know]

Source: Kamal Chaouachi. Ce qu’il faut savoir sur le narguilé (shisha): histoire, culture et santé. 8 juillet 2013 http://www.kapitalis.com/societe/17021-ce-qu-il-faut-savoir-sur-le-narguile-shisha-histoire-culture-et-sante.html A la veille de Ramadan, l’auteur propose un article sur le narguilé ou shisha, des points de vue de l’histoire, de la tradition et de la culture, mais aussi son degré de nocivité et les précautions […]

Italian Researchers: Most Articles Published in Most Important Medical Journals Contain Mistakes

“We analysed 200 consecutive articles published in these journals between October 2010 and April 2011; 100 articles from the nSA [no Structured Abstract] journal, 50 articles from each of the two SA [with Structured Abstract] journals.” “First, we analyzed the most popular journals because, in consideration of the high rejection rate of articles submitted every […]

““Arab Spring””. Public Health Researchers from Universities of Cambridge, Florida & London School of Hygiene, Deny the Reality of One Million Iraqi Deaths – in pro-NATO Paper

Summary: In a recent paper published in the International Journal of Health Services and titled “Arab Spring and Health”[1](author copy), Adam Coutts, Wasim Maziak (“Our (US) Man in Aleppo, Syria”)[2], Martin McKee, et al (respectively from the University of Cambridge, Florida and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), openly endorse NATO’s scenario for the […]

«Charlie Hebdo» entre plagiat, tabacophobie et rejet de l’Autre

  Protagonistes : Bertrand DAUTZENBERG (OFT), Jean Yves NAU (journal Le Monde) et « CHARB » (pour Stéphane CHARBONNIER, « Charlie Hebdo ») Deux militants anti-tabac notoires se sont associés à un individu connu pour sa nature réactionnaire (sous une étiquette trompeuse de “libertaire”)(*) afin de se lancer dans une entreprise de plagiat (voir références plus loin) d’un ouvrage scientifique […]

Syrian Waterpipegate: US-Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies [“Our Man in Aleppo”]

READ ALSO (UPDATE): Open Letter to Wasim Maziak, Syrian Political Opponent and Head of the US-Syrian «Research» Centre in Aleppo (US-SCTS). 7 Sep 2013 https://hookahhealth.wordpress.com/2013/09/09/open-letter-to-wasim-maziak-syrian-political-opponent-and-head-of-the-us-syrian-research-centre-in-aleppo-us-scts/ Our Man in Aleppo, Head of US Masterminded Screen “Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies“ “Throughout history, whenever an ideology is given a political machine, it becomes a vehicle for cruelty […]

Ten Post-11/9 Great Myths about Hookah (Shisha, Narghile) Smoking & Public Health

Ten Post-11/9 Great Myths about Hookah (Shisha, Narghile) Smoking & Public Health How Geo-“politically-Correct“ Biased Science Generates Fictitious “Civilisation Clashes“ in the World. Photo: Cherished memories. Damascus, Syria, with love… Table of Contents Introduction The Ten Myths Myth 1: Hookah (Shisha, Narghile) or ««Waterpipe»» Are Similar Objects Myth 2: Hookah (Shisha, Narghile) Scientific Research Started […]

Hookah FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Frequently Asked Questions about Hookah (Shisha, Narghile, "Water Pipe") Smoking

<para></para> <para><img src=”https://hookahhealth.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/cafe1.jpg?w=242&#8243; class=”_inline_graphic” alt=””>Syria, with love (source: our book, 2007) [58]</para> <para>Article published in 2013 in the <bold>British Journal of Cancer</bold>, shattering in only 1,000 words <bold>one full decade of pseudoscientific claims and methods</bold> regarding the so-called toxicity of the Middle East Peace Pipe (Hookah, Shisha, Narghile)</para> <para>Chaouachi K. False positive result in study […]

HOOKAH SMOKING FROM A BIOMEDICAL AND ANTHROPOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE (EX-KNOL ARTICLE)

Article published in 2013 in the British Journal of Cancer, shattering in only 1,000 words one full decade of pseudoscientific claims and methods regarding the so-called toxicity of the Middle East Peace Pipe (Hookah, Shisha, Narghile)
Chaouachi K. False positive result in study on hookah smoking and cancer in Kashmir: measuring risk of poor hygiene is not the same as measuring risk of inhaling water filtered tobacco smoke all over the world. Br J Cancer. 2013 Apr 2;108(6):1389-90. doi: 10.1038/bjc.2013.98. Epub 2013 Mar 7.
http://www.nature.com/bjc/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/bjc201398a.html
> Author’s copy available from Researchgate.
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/235843685_False_positive_result_in_study_on_hookah_smoking_and_cancer_in_Kashmir_measuring_risk_of_poor_hygiene_is_not_the_same_as_measuring_risk_of_inhaling_water_filtered_tobacco_smoke_all_over_the_world

Systematic Errors and Biases in “Systematic Review”on ““Waterpipe””

Source: "Peer-Reviewed" International Journal of Epidemiology.

This is a critique of Elie Akl et al (University of New York at Buffalo) “Systematic Review” of the Cochrane type on the “Effects of Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking on Health Outcomes” recently published in the International Journal of Epidemiology (IJE). The paper hypes the HAZARDS OF CANCER and the authors managed to select only the studies they saw relevant for their “assessment” of “health outcomes”, cancer in particular. As expected from antismoking researchers, they dismissed (details given in their “eligibility criteria”) the most relevant studies when they did not find a sufficient cancer risk… Amazingly, they mostly relied on studies led in China based on water pipes working with NO charcoal and in which tobacco is BURNT as in cigarettes, contrary to what the authors believed… This point is certainly not a detail because the chemistry of smoke is completely different and, as a consequence, the potential health effects…

As we pointed out elsewhere, the right place to discuss a controversial paper containing serious errors and biases is the journal in which it was published. Unfortunately, for political (and not scientific) reasons, this is not always possible. When confronted with this problem, the IJE, a journal which has apparently adopted a clear antismoking line, rejected a critique of the flawed paper. Interestingly, they accepted a Letter by Wasim Maziak, the author of the WHO flawed report and renown ““waterpipe”” antismoking researcher…

Following a necessary foreword, we offer a critique of the document.

READ ALSO (same critique published in the Chest journal) : Chaouachi K. More Rigor Needed in Systematic Reviews on “Waterpipe” (Hookah, Narghile, Shisha) Smoking. Chest May 2011 139:5 1250-1251. Doi:10.1378/chest.10-2864 http://chestjournal.chestpubs.org/content/139/5/1250.full

The Syrian Ban on Smoking in Hospitality Venues (Cafes, etc.)

Revolution: The Challenge of Scientific Integrity

Tobacco is injurious for health and the Syrian government is right to ban smoking in certain public places. However, the recently enacted decree does not distinguish between non-ventilated, poorly and well-ventilated public areas [1]. The case of Syrian coffee houses is striking for the inconsistency and poses the question of the scientific integrity of the US and Syrian experts who touted the ban.

Du plagiat au métaplagiat ou les métastases d’un totalitarisme en germe

(English : Plagiarism, Metaplagiarism : Metastases of an Emerging Totalitarianism)

Résumés en français & English Summary Comment un plagiat commis en France – par Bertrand DAUTZENBERG, président de l’OFT (Office Français du Tabagisme) et Jean-Yves NAU, journaliste au journal Le Monde) et doublé de la plus grande imposture de l’histoire de la recherche sur le tabac [ 1-4]- vient de faire l’objet, en Belgique, d’une […]

Big Tobacco & Big Pharma Against “Oriental” Hookah Outsider

Evidence about One Undeclared Funding Source of WHO Shisha (““Waterpipe””-Coded) Antismoking Research

This article shows that biomedical ethics is not universal as so-called “prestigious” biomedical journals and publishing groups claim. When it comes to ““waterpipe”” (hookah, narghile, shisha) antismoking research, all ethics seems meaningless.

The would-be reason is that hookah, unlike cigarettes, is viewed (more and more with a xenophobic bias) as a non-European or non-US “product” despite the fact that many reports show that the youth of these last regions are particularly keen on learning more about the socio-cultural context of shisha smoking.

From there, all “slips” have been permitted (in a way very similar to the present war in the Mediterranean – the methods are always the same…). Among others:

-the most unscientific groundless statements (comparisons between hookah and cigarette smoke in particular)[11] may be published in “high impact-factor” scientific journals boasting of being ““peer-reviewed””;

-whistle blowing on undisclosed conflicts of interests involving the pharmaceutical industry and even the tobacco industry are systematically silenced and swept under the carpet (“we do not consider there is a problem” – see further down).

First draft (25 March 2011)

Iran Road Traffic Crashes and ““Waterpipe”” Antismoking Literature

3 Dec 2010: The amazing publication history of this article will be outlined later on.

Conclusion of Drs Soheil SAADAT and Mojgan KARBAKHSH’ antismoking study: “Being waterpipe and/or cigarette smoker and DDT were the independent predictors of the number of traffic crashes in Poisson regression model. If the increased risk of RTC among waterpipe or cigarette smokers is seen in other studies, it would be beneficial to promote tobacco cessation and control strategies through injury prevention initiatives”.

Globalink Secret Society and its Undeclared Non-Financial Global Conflicts of Interest in Tobacco Smoking Research

A very serious issue submitted, on 13 Apr 2010, to the Editor-in-Chief of the BMC Public Health online journal.

QUESTION : What is the value of tobacco antismoking biomedical articles when the peer-reviewers of the manuscripts submitted to the corresponding journals are, most of the time, members (*) of the antismoking Globalink network, i .e . affiliated with the same organisation as the authors (*) ?

(*) or, because they are too busy to follow up on Globalink daily activity, colleagues of such members. The latter are this way in charge of periodically “briefing” their antismoking peers about ongoing discussions within Globalink.

RESPONSE : Such a literature is to be used as « evidence » to support smoking bans (most of the time unjustified) across the world, for the benefit of the pharmaceutical industry which generously funds in many cases (directly or indirectly), the authors, the peer-reviewers and the Globalink network itself.

NOTE : when it comes to «« waterpipe »» papers, the peer-reviewers are often chosen among the handful of « official » US-funded «« waterpipe »» antismoking experts : Wasim Maziak, Thomas Eissenberg, Alan Shihadeh (US-Syrian and US-Lebanese antismoking centres).

Narghilistan

A Hot Summer in ««Waterpipe»»-Blitzed Lands

[Note: this is a first draft]

An Anthology of Serious though Widespread Errors in the ““Waterpipe”” (Hookah, Shisha, Narghile) Mainstream Biomedical Literature

Tobacco is Dangerous. However, parotting in this field of research has been detrimental to public health

This anthology refers to serious errors officially published, in general, in international peer-reviewed biomedical journals. Electronic links are provided in each case so the reader can check by her/himself. This is (as of October 2009) a preliminary draft representing only the “top of the iceberg”. It will be updated as the work proceeds. Please return.

Prohibition Through the Hookah Looking-Glass (Speech)

Speech delivered at the second world conference of TICAP (The International Coalition Against Prohibition)[Theme: “Are Guests Welcome? Prohibition and the Hospitality Industry”]. 15 Mar 2010. Nieuwspoort; The Hague, The Netherlands.

“”From a scientific viewpoint, he is convinced that the peculiarity of the hookah issue will make soon the whole tobacco prohibition system collapse for the worldwide benefit of non-smokers, ex-smokers and smokers of cigarettes, hookahs and other products alike.”

“Dr Chaouachi also found that Prohibition based on shoddy science collides with the holy teachings of a world great religion (Seek good sound science “from the cradle to the grave”). Consequently, he calls States to collectively withdraw from the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control and demand accountability (The Hague Court)”.