Pire-Review: Head of US-Syrian Centre Gives English Lessons to Native English ““waterpipe””™ Researchers… Watch Online the Birth of a New "Study"
Watch Online How Publications on ““Waterpipe””™ are Cooked and Formatted in Spite of Openly Claimed Pire-Review Policies.
What is Pire-Review” ? Pire-review is a pun. “Pire” is a French homonym of “peer” and means “worst” or, here: “very badly” (Read this article for instance)...
Image (left): The power of Big Pharma according to FORCES
RELEVANT QUOTATIONS BY WORLD FAMOUS INDEPENDENT TOBACCO RESEARCHERS:
"There are four important implications to this story [another one by Rumchev on passive smoking][...] Second, it reveals the increasing investigator bias in tobacco control articles these days. This is a disturbing trend to me. It suggests that the peer review system is not working particularly well for tobacco control. I think perhaps part of the problem is that the articles are being send to the same cadre of reviewers, all of whom are sharing the same bias towards favorable results" (Pr Michael Siegel, 24 June 2008)
"What I do know is that science, not financial interests, should be defining terms and writing rules, and that peer-review and oversight is in need of more than a band-aid." (John POLITO, Abrupt Cessation Program Director, Consistency - science for sale ? (May 18, 2003) )
Off we are ! A New Study Reveals…
Jackson D, Aveyard P. Waterpipe smoking in students: prevalence, risk factors, symptoms of addiction, and smoke intake. Evidence from one British university. BMC Public Health. 2008 May 22;8(1):174
After you have gone through the abstract, click on the Pre-publication history button in the right column. This is a service kindly offered by the BioMed Central Group which has adopted an open peer-review policy. BioMed Central is, notably, a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) that the readers of the Observatory on Hookah or Health know well.
Interestingly, BioMed Central also endorses the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) Policy Statement on Geopolitical Intrusion on Editorial Decisions.
Despite all these praiseworthy precautions, BMC has apparently been fooled. How ? This is a mystery. Unaware, it has hired (or has let hire) for the job of peer-reviewing a manuscript: Wasim MAZIAK and Thomas EISSENBERG, who belong to the same team, the US-SCTS
Relevant reading: Go Syria This Summer to Attend US-Course in US-English by World US and US-Supported ““Waterpipe””™ Experts and Earn US $ 500 !
Anyway, just as democratic as the WHO TobReg (Study Group for Tobacco product REGulation)
What is more, and may amaze some people, is that the authors of the biased manuscript (Daniel JACKSON and Paul AVEYARD) share the same ideology as their pire-reviewers. Not convinced ? ““Waterpipe””™ is a not only a sociological code; it is a war code. Just have a look at the list of references in the full version of the “new study” (pdf).
In the Pre-publication history , you will also see, beside the English lesson given by Dr Maziak to his native English students (who, and this is very funny, don’t want to acknowledge that their mother tongue is so poor…), how the pire-reviewers suggest citing other partisan publications of their own team or similar ones.
At the end, about 20 bibliographical references out of 28 bear the ““waterpipe””™ war code. This is not all. Go to the Authors’ contributions section, following the conclusion. You will see who is Paul AVEYARD, one of both authors :
“The study was funded by the University of Birmingham and Paul Aveyard is funded by a NIHR Career Scientist Award”. He has received hospitality from various pharmaceutical companies, including those making products for smoking cessation. He has received consultancy income to him and his institution from Xenova Biotechnology, Pfizer, and McNeil AB for advice on smoking cessation.”
SO WHAT ? IS THE HAND OF BIG PHARMA BEHIND ?
Maybe. Probably... The picture above actually reflects a deep scientific, social, economic and geo-political analysis elaborated by FORCES . It seems consistent with the above-mentioned Policy Statement on Geopolitical Intrusion on Editorial Decisions
In our case, the hookah case, and for those who don’t know yet PFIZER and its likes, read this: All Hookah Addicts of the World, Let’s All Chant…ix !
As for Birmingham, ain’t no far from the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Review Group who pire-reviewed a famous “gold standard” publication , is it, Joe ?
95% of all ““waterpipe””™ widely advertised empty studies of the world are and have been cooked (formatted) and pire-reviewed this way. If you are a tax-payer, you may be entitled to raise your concerns. However, wait a little and read that:
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“A joint American University of Beirut-Virginia Commonwealth University team has been awarded a $2.8m research grant from the US National Cancer Institute to study the exposure to toxicants as a result of shisha smoking. The study will examine the effects of smoking water pipe tobacco on the heart, lungs and cell biology in individual users by measuring their toxin exposure as well as the toxin content of water pipe tobacco smoke. The team will also study group water pipe tobacco smoking in cafés – examining the effects of sharing a water pipe on levels of toxin exposure and content. Finally, the team will compare toxin exposure and effects between water pipe tobacco smoking and cigarette smoking.”(Source: Ameinfo)
Need to add who are the people behind the US-AUB and VCU ?
As if their previous dozens of ““Waterpipe””™ «studies», funded by millions of dollars, had gone down the drain…
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