Tobacco Harm Reduction Update - April 16th, 2015
CDC Survey (misrepresentation of), FDA, NYTS data, Independent Experts Demolish The Spin.
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).
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.
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).
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
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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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:
Why the survey is cause for celebration
Peering Through the Haze
Joe Nocera points out why the CDC survey is in fact a cause for celebration, and crticises the CDC's spin.
- Bill Godshall
Godshall THRU 2015-04-16