A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

The Facts on E-Cigarettes

Q: Have scientists confirmed that e-cigarettes cause an incurable respiratory disease called “popcorn lung”?
A: No. The vapor of some e-cigarettes contains a chemical associated with popcorn lung, but there’s not enough evidence to conclude they cause the disease.  

NASA Won’t Pay You to Smoke Weed

Q: Does NASA pay $18,000 for people to stay in bed and smoke weed for 70 straight days?

A: No. NASA conducts bed-rest studies, but it does not allow participants to smoke marijuana or even drink alcohol.

Pence Misleads on Premiums

Vice President Mike Pence went too far in claiming that a new report showed that “the average premium across this country has actually doubled under Obamacare.”

Double-Counting Growth

The president’s budget counts on economic growth to reach a balance, but his tax cut plan also relies on that growth to remain revenue-neutral. Tax and budget experts say that’s double-counting the same money.

Hollywood Strike Hoax

Q: Did Hollywood celebrities threaten to strike until President Donald Trump resigns?

A: No. That story was made up by a “HYBRID site of news and satire.”

Gingrich Spreads Conspiracy Theory

Newt Gingrich claimed that a Democratic National Committee staffer “apparently was assassinated” after “having given WikiLeaks something like … 53,000 [DNC] emails and 17,000 attachments.” But there’s no evidence for his claim.

Video: Trump vs. Comey

In this video, we look at the conflicting accounts of what was said at private meetings between President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey in which they discussed the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign.

Can Opioid Addiction Be Cured?

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price made two claims about opioid addiction that are contradicted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which is part of the department Price heads.

Bogus Bald Eagle Executive Order

Q: Did President Trump sign an executive order making it legal to hunt bald eagles?
A: No. That bogus story was published by a fake news website.