Congress Blames ‘Russian Bot Armies’ For Spread Of Vaping ‘Health Crisis’

Fearmongering pertaining to the influence of ‘bot armies’ swarming social media platforms has returned to the American discourse – but this time, it’s not about politics.

Instead, Congressional investigators are looking into whether e-cigarette companies, the public-health boogeymen of the moment, have been marshaling armies of fake “bot” accounts to carry out an illicit marketing campaign intended to make e-cigarettes seem like a totally benign alternative to smoking and chewing tobacco. Of course, that’s not what the science dictates. The official position of government health officials is that they don’t yet know the extent of the deleterious health effects from vaping, and that, while vaping is likely a healthier alternative compared to smoking, it probably isn’t benign – though it will likely be years until we know for…

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