EN FRANCAIS (automatique)

 

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Summer 2013

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

[in French: Lettre ouverte à Wasim Maziak, opposant politique syrien et directeur du centre «de recherche» USA-Syrie à Alep (US-SCTS)]. 7 Sep 2013

This Letter is directed at the Syrian political opponent”” author, with Thomas Eissenberg and his warmongering colleagues from the US-University of Beirut (Alan Shihadehg, Ghazi Zaatari, etc.), of the WHO flawed report on “”waterpipe””.

Backed by millions of dollars from the juicy global budget of public health, they recently declared an all-out war on the peaceful Middle East Peace Pipe

after having sold NATO’s MACABRE “EPIDEMIOLOGY” and vision of the “”Arab Spring””

to a community of researchers still unaware of the

GREATEST MANIPULATION OF ALL TIMES IN THE BIOMEDICAL FIELD

(behind a simple word: ««waterpipe»»).

Just wait and see...

 

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Their ""Arab Spring""'s UPDATES (bloody for some of them...):

US-Man in Aleppo (Syria) Wasim Maziak Once Again Highly Concerned by “Global” ««Waterpipe»» “Epidemic”

 

““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

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

 

UPDATE Spring 2013:

MORE ON CORRUPTION, MANIPULATIONS, FRAUDS AND ETHICS VIOLATIONS!

> Hookah Science (Biomedical & Anthropological Aspects of Hookah, Narghile, Shisha)

 

Update Spring 2011

UNDISCLOSED CONFLICTS OF INTEREST:  REVELATIONS 2011 (March, 25).  

How the TOBACCO INDUSTRY (CIGARETTES)

has also been funding

anti-hookah research over the past years:

Big Tobacco & Big Pharma Against "Oriental" Hookah Outsider

Evidence about One Undeclared ("Unexpected"...) Funding Source of

WHO Shisha (““Waterpipe””-Coded) Antismoking Research.

 

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Observatory - September, 10, 2007 (updated March 2008)

Time seems now ripe for a quick “bio” of these important people (based on the recent Letter to Dr Margaret Chan)

 

Thomas EISSENBERG

"Smoking from a hookah during a typical 45-minute session is equivalent to smoking about 100 CIGARETTES, Eissenberg said."

Source: ABC News. Should Government Crack Down on Hookah Lounges? By Mikaela Conley, June 1, 2011

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/government-crack-hookahs/story?id=13725723

 

He maintains close relations with the Pharmaceutical Industry (nicotine patches, gums, "Chantix", etc.). He works at VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA) and for the US-Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies. His work was financially supported by many grants from US agencies and the Pharmaceutical industry. He is an excellent slanderer though, surprisingly, he didn’t state in many of his publications that he has worked (and probably still works) as a consultant for firms like Plowshare Inc. and Sention Inc. This obviously represents a non-declared conflict of interest. Besides, see, as an example, the interesting and innocent products a company like Plowshare develops… If you still don’t understand what it is about, contact us.

For more information:

-Eissenberg Thomas. VCU researcher wins NCI grant for tobacco research: Studies will test claims of potential reduced-exposure cigarettes, other products. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, 16 Feb 2004.

-Nicotine & Tobacco Research (2002) 4, 355– 383 [Conference Summary and Abstracts of Oral Presentations Preclinical, Epidemiological/Public Health, and Clinical Research. Eighth Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco; Savannah, Georgia, USA, 20–23 February 2002].

- VCU Resarch Office about Thomas EISSENBERG

Thomas EISSENBERG is author or co-author of a certain number of studies (5 at least published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research) [*] in which he has made use of a smoking topography system called CReSS [Clinical Research Support System]. He has personally contributed to its development, through direct funding (2000 to 2002) from PLOWSHARE Technologies, Inc. http://www.plowshare.com , an industrial firm strongly linked to the Tobacco Industry. PLOWSHARE has recently been acquired by BORGWALDT (13 Nov. 2007), a company which sells, on a large scale, flavours and other products to the Tobacco Industry. One of PLOWSHARE's more famous customers was, at least in 2002, Philip MORRIS.

http://plowshare.com/company/background/index.html

http://www.borgwaldt.com/cms/front_content.php


Thomas EISSENBERG's work on a smoking topography device has had in fact a direct impact on studies on ""waterpipe"" smoking. For instance: the device is said to be "critical in the assessment of nicotine dependence in smokers […] Moreover, there is a similar need for a smoking topography measurement device capable of measuring any substance, which can be inhaled through the mouth [...]".

See: LIKNESS MA, WESSEL RM. Apparatus for Measuring Smoking Topography. US Patent, 6,814,083 B2; 2004 (9 Nov). This work obviously paved the way to the development of the “waterpipe smoking” machine by the US American University of Beirut (and all the related pseudo-scientific comments in the literature citing the related experiments) which was based on a “smoking topography”. in fact, the latter violated the very principles established by WHO TobReg itself and the topography was biased.


(*) A sample of some studies (co)-authored by Thomas EISSENBERG and having a relation to the smoking topography device:


- Breland, A.B., Buchhalter, A.R., Evans, S.E., and Eissenberg, T. (2002) Evaluating acute effects of potential reduced exposure products for smokers: clinical laboratory methodology. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 4 (Suppl 2), S131-S140.

- Buchhalter A.R., Schrinel, L., and Eissenberg, T. (2001) Withdrawal Suppressing Effects of a Novel Smoking System: Comparison with Own Brand, Not Own Brand, and Denicotinized Cigarettes. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 3, 111-118.

- Buchhalter, A.R. and Eissenberg, T. (2000). Preliminary evaluation of a novel smoking system: effects on subjective and physiological measures and on smoking behavior. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 2, 39-43.

- Eissenberg, T., Adams, C., Riggins, E.C.R. III, and Likness, M. (1999). Smoker' sex and the effects of tobacco cigarettes: subject-rated and physiological measures. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 1, 317-324.

- Breland, A.B., Kleykamp, B.A., and Eissenberg, T. (2006) Clinical laboratory evaluation of potential reduced exposure products for smokers. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 8, 727-738.

- Eissenberg, T., Riggins, E.C.R. III, Harkins, S.W., and Weaver, M.F. (2000). A clinical laboratory model for direct assessment of medication-induced antihyperalgesia and subjective effects: initial validation studies. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology. 8, 47-60.

- Zack, M., Belsito, L., Scher, R., Eissenberg, T., and Corrigall, W.A. (2001). Effects of abstinence and smoking on information processing in adolescent smokers. Psychopharmacology. 153, 249-257.

- Kassel, J.D., Greenstein, J.E., Evatt, D.P., Wardle, M.C., Yates, M.C., Veilleux, J.C., and Eissenberg, T. (2007) Smoking in the absence of nicotine: behavioral, subjective and physiological effects over 11 days. Journal of Adolescent Health. 40, 54-60.


Wasim MAZIAK

"SHISHA 200 TIMES WORSE THAN A CIGARETTE” SAY MIDDLE EAST EXPERTS"

Source: ASH (Action on Smoking and Health). ““Shisha 200 times worse than a cigarette” say Middle East experts””. 27 March 2007 (prepared by Martin Dockrell)(accessed 13 June, 2008) [based, among others, on an INTERVIEW WITH WASIM MAZIAK AND ALAN SHIHADEH, respectively heads of the US-“Syrian Centre for Tobacco Studies” and US-American University of Beirut centre] Sub-heading: “Three leading experts from across the Middle East have warned that excluding “shisha bars” when England goes smokefree on July 1 could worsen the grave inequalities in health that already affect ethnic minorities”. (note: none of the experts worked or live in the UK).

http://www.ash.org.uk/media-room/press-releases/shisha-200-times-worse-than-a-cigarette-say-middle-east-experts

He is the head of the US-Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies (US-Funded and exclusively managed from the USA). He always declared that he has no competing interests. However, there is now a serious doubt because of contradictory declarations regarding the real authorship of the erroneous WHO report on hookah smoking. On one hand, Wasim MAZIAK himself declared: “Waterpipe research completed by the SCTS formed an essential part of a WHO's advisory note about waterpipe smoking”. (Profile: The Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies. SRNT Newsletter 2006 (May-June) Vol 12 (2)). On the other, we read in the Acknowledgements section of the erroneous WHO report that Dr Wasim MAZIAK was one among other collaborators consulted by the 2 officials authors, namely Thomas EISSENBERG and Alan SHIHADEH.

Now, in what we consider a “camouflaging operation”, the 4 “waterpipe”™ experts stated in their last comment (Full story here) that Wasim MAZIAK also contributed to the WHO report

http://www.jnrbm.com/content/5/1/17/comments#288544

For your information, Wasim MAZIAK has recently won a job at the University of Memphis (USA), where his colleague Kenneth WARD, principal investigator for the US-Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies as a US funded project, works. Finally, Wasim MAZIAK also mentions, from time to time, an affiliation to the University of Muenster (Germany).

We conclude that perhaps all these (changing) affiliations and such a complex situation may explain the last intent by the group (Full story here) to reveal his actual previously not revealed co-authorship of the WHO report. Something must be cooking… Future will say.


Alan SHIHADEH

"SHISHA 200 TIMES WORSE THAN A CIGARETTE” SAY MIDDLE EAST EXPERTS"

Source: ASH (Action on Smoking and Health). ““Shisha 200 times worse than a cigarette” say Middle East experts””. 27 March 2007 (prepared by Martin Dockrell)(accessed 13 June, 2008) [based, among others, on an INTERVIEW WITH WASIM MAZIAK AND ALAN SHIHADEH, respectively heads of the US-“Syrian Centre for Tobacco Studies” and US-American University of Beirut centre] Sub-heading: “Three leading experts from across the Middle East have warned that excluding “shisha bars” when England goes smokefree on July 1 could worsen the grave inequalities in health that already affect ethnic minorities”. (note: none of the experts worked or live in the UK).

http://www.ash.org.uk/media-room/press-releases/shisha-200-times-worse-than-a-cigarette-say-middle-east-experts

He works at the US-AUB (American University of Beirut)(nor the Arab University of Beirut). He collaborates with the US-funded Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies

He receives funding from the US-AUB  Research Board and the Canada-based Research for International Tobacco Control (Recherche pour la Lutte Mondiale contre le Tabac) . Which is already a lot. He and/or his colleagues also receive money from Health Canada.

It is said that in response to the wolrd popularity of the pioneering most important study on hookah smoking and cancer among humans carried out by independent researchers from Pakistan and France (2008), "the US National Institute of Cancer has immediately awarded the US American University of Beirut a $ 2.8 MILLION grant to support new hookah antismoking papers in the coming years." The reason is that the Pakistani-French study came up with negative results (in other words, unexpected results)....

It must be clears that all this "generous" (according to their own words) funding has a direct or indirect source in the pharmaceutical industry (nicotine patches, gums, Chantix, etc.)  

READ THAT LETTER showing the level of scientific debate this US-Man in Beirut and wealthy LIAR defends:

> Letter to Dr Donald Gardner (Editor-in-chief Inhalation Toxicology journal) dated 7 Dec 2010 and Correspondence. Online Dec 16, 2010.

 

Kenneth WARD

He is not as unassertive and diffident as some people may see him. He works at the University of Memphis (USA) and his the principal investigator of the US-Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies as a US funded project. Apparently, he receives no other funding and no fees from consultancies.

 

Jack HENNINGFIELD

He is a member of WHO TobReg (*) . In general, he doesn’t clearly state in his publications that he is a consultant to the Pharmaceutical industry (producers of Nicotine Replacement Therapy medicines). This may represent a non-declared conflict of interest or a double-standard in the obligation of such a declaration.

(*) WHO TobReg (Study Group on Tobacco Regulation) Unimpeachable Democratic Representation:

Erik DYBING (Norway; Chairman)

-David L. ASHLEY (USA)
-David BURNS (USA)
-Mirjana DJORDJEVIC (USA)
-S.Katharine HAMMOND (USA)
-Jack HENNINGFIELD (USA)
-Channing ROBERTSON (USA)

-N. GRAY (Australia)
-Martin JARVIS (United Kindom)
-Ghazi ZAATARI (Lebanon, US-American University of Beirut)
-K. Srinath REDDY (India)