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Stanton Glantz, one of the world’s best-known tobacco researchers, had everything going for him — a first-class brain, financial support, a tenured professorship and a passion for his work. No scientist, it seemed, was more committed to reducing the death and disease caused by smoking. Glantz is no longer a hero, not to Siegel and not to other critics who once fought alongside him in the battle against smoking. They say that Glantz’s hard-line opposition to all things tobacco has led him to exaggerate the dangers and downplay the disruptive potential of e-cigarettes, which have helped millions of smokers quit. Glantz is “clever and capable and none of what he has done is accidental or sloppy,” says Clive Bates, a British anti-smoking activist and persistent Glantz critic.
Just days ago, a 2018 study by Glantz linking e-cigarettes with heart attacks was (...)