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CDC Finds Sharp Decline In Teen Smoking

CDC finds sharp declines in teen smoking (to record lows), but refuses to tell public, to further demonize e-cigarettes and to lobby for FDA regulations that would ban >99% of e-cig products and give the e-cig industry to Big Tobacco companies:

The CDC's National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) found that 'past 30 day' cigarette smoking declined 33% among middle school students from 2011 to 2013, and declined 20% among high school students, for record low smoking rates in both age groups. But the CDC has withheld those critically important facts from its two reports and press releases (including those released yesterday) on 2013 NYTS findings that lobbied for FDA's proposed e-cigarette regulation (by deceiving the public to believe that e-cigarettes are addicting nonsmoking youth, are gateways to cigarettes, and renormalize smoking) at

Specifically, the NYTS found that 'past 30 day' cigarette smoking among 6th-8th graders declined from 4.3% in 2011 to 3.5% in 2012 to 2.9% in 2013, while declining among 9th-12th graders from 15.8% in 2011 to 14.0% in 2012 to 12.7% in 2013. But CDC buried those most important findings in data tables at
(2011/2012 data) and
(2013 data)

CDC also never mentioned the significant decline in teen cigarette smoking from 2011 to 2012 in its 2013 reports and press releases touting 2012 NYTS findings that also lobbied for FDA's proposed deeming regulation (that would protect cigarettes by banning >99% of e-cigarette products and by giving the e-cigarette industry to Big Tobacco) at

Although 'past 30 day' e-cigarette use among middle school students increased from .6% in 2011 to 1.1% in 2012 and remained at 1.1% in 2013, while increasing among high school students from 1.5% in 2011 to 2.8% in 2012 to 4.5% in 2013, cigarette smokers accounted for the overwhelming majority of middle and high school students reporting e-cigarette use all three of those years. Thus, CDC data indicate that e-cigarettes have helped reduce teen smoking rates, just as e-cigarettes have helped many adults smokers quit, something else CDC denies. The AP article reprinted in the Huffington Post never mentioned that smoking rates declined, falsely insinuated that e-cigs are addicting youth, was entitled: E-cigarette use among teens triples over three years, says CDC
...and included the following deceptive statement: "The report's e-cigarette findings are disheartening", said Dr. Patrick T. O'Gara, president of the American College of Cardiology. Smoking rates hane slowly been declining over the last several decades, but "we risk going backwards if a new generation of smokers becomes addicted to nicotine," O'Gara said, in a statement.'

Wall St. Journal article repeats CDC propaganda about e-cigs, cigarettes and youth without any fact checking

Techtimes article repeats CDC propaganda on e-cigs, cigarette and youth without any fact checking, Godshall responds

Reuters article acknowledges that teen cigarette smoking declined, but falsely implied that e-cigs are addicting nonsmoking teens and was entitled:
U.S. youth smoking, increased use of e-cigarettes a worry: CDC

Another news article repeats CDC propaganda on e-cigs without any fact checking: Teen e-cigarette use is on the rise, CDC says

- Bill Godshall