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Bill Godshall Update 2015-04-16

Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - April 16th, 2015

 

Contents:
CDC Survey (misrepresentation of), FDA, NYTS data, Independent Experts Demolish The Spin.

 

CDC Survey

CDC NYTS finds record 28% annual decline in, and record low 'past 30 day' cigarette smoking among high school students from 2013 to 2014 (from 12.7% to 9.2%), and record low smoking rate among middle school students (declining from 2.9% to 2.5%); but CDC falsely classifies all e-cigs and hookah as 'tobacco products' (as many e-cig and shisha products contain no nicotine) to exaggerate use of nicotine containing e-cigs and hookah, to falsely claim overall tobacco use increased, and to lobby for FDA deeming reg (that would ban >99.9% of e-cigs).
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6414a3.htm?s_cid=mm6414a3_w

CDC press release ignores historic decline in smoking, instead touts increase in e-cig and hookah use to confuse, scare and lobby for FDA deeming reg (to ban >99.9% of e-cigs), repeats false claims that all e-cigs and hookah are tobacco products.
http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2015/p0416-e-cigarette-use.html

FDA

FDA touts and expounds upon CDC's false claims that all e-cigs and hookah are 'tobacco products', hypes increase in teen e-cig and hookah use, buries record low teen cigarette smoking findings (chart on bottom right).
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/ProtectingKidsfromTobacco/ucm405173.htm

The only e-cig survey that inquired about the content of e-cigs used found that 96% of never smokers who used an e-cig had used a NO-NICOTINE e-cig
http://poll.forumresearch.com/post/197/two-thirds-using-e-cigs-to-quit-one-quarter-to-one-third-are-successful
http://poll.forumresearch.com/data/Federal%20E-Cig%20News%20Release%20(2014%2012%2011)%20Forum%20Research.pdf

NYTS data

Among all students, NTYS found:
'Past 30 day' cig smoking among all middle school students (6th - 9th grade)
2011 - 4.3%
2012 - 3.5%
2013 - 2.9%
2014 - 2.5%

'Past 30 day' e-cig use among all middle school students (6th - 9th grade)
2011 - 0.6%
2012 - 1.1%
2013 - 1.1%
2014 - 3.9%

'Past 30 day' cigarette smoking among all high school students (9th - 12th grade)
2011 - 15.8%
2012 - 14.0%
2013 - 12.7%
2014 - 9.5%

'Past 30 day' e-cig use among all high school students (9th - 12th grade)
2011 - 1.5%
2012 - 2.8%
2013 - 4.5%
2014 - 13.4%

 

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Criticism of CDC spin

Independent Experts Demolish The Spin
Prof Linda Bauld and Prof Peter Hajek demolish the misrepresentation of the survey, but are placed at the foot of the page:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3042077/E-cigarettes-make-quitting-smoking-HARDER-study-claims.html

Why the survey is cause for celebration
Peering Through the Haze
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/18/opinion/joe-nocera-peering-through-the-haze.html
Joe Nocera points out why the CDC survey is in fact a cause for celebration, and crticises the CDC's spin.

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- Bill Godshall

Godshall THRU 2015-04-16