Studies Discredit CDC E-Cig Alarmist Gateway Claims
Jacob Sullum, a contributor at Forbes reported on new studies that prove claims made by Thomas Frieden of the CDC about vaping being a gateway to cigarettes for teens are not valid aka total BS!
Monitoring the Future Study (MTF) an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults, surveys more than 40,000 students in about 400 secondary schools each year throughout the contiguous United States and is in its 41st continuous year. The study is funded by research grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a part of the National Institutes of Health and is conducted by a team of research professors from the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.
Based on the MTF study data involving students in the eighth, 10th, and 12th grades, University of Michigan health economist Kenneth Warner reports that research shows “non-smoking high school students are highly unlikely to use e-cigarettes” and even less likely to use them regularly. Cigarette smoking among teens in those grade levels continued a decades long decline in 2015 and reached the lowest levels recorded since annual tracking began 41 years ago. Among the 12th-graders who had never tried conventional cigarettes, 94% had not used an e-cigarette in the previous month. Among the never-smokers who reported using e-cigarettes in the previous month, 60% used them on only one or two days. Less than 1% of never-smokers had vaped on 20 or more days in the previous month.
Another point emphasized by Warner makes Thomas Frieden’s “gateway drug” claim that a “significant likelihood that a proportion of those who are using e-cigarettes will go on to use combustible cigarettes.” even less creditable: “A large proportion of students use e-cigarettes containing no nicotine.” Warner also cites a 2014 study that found almost all never-smoking teenagers and young adults in Connecticut who vaped used nicotine-free e-liquid. Dr. Michael Siegel, a longtime anti-smoking advocate, who previously spent two years working at the Office on Smoking and Health at the CDC and is currently the Professor of Public Health at the Boston University School of Public Health, said “It appears that rather than serving as a gateway toward cigarette smoking, e-cigarettes may actually be acting as a diversion away from cigarettes. Perhaps the most important finding of the new report is that despite the dramatic increase in e-cigarette use among youth, the prevalence of smoking among youth has fallen dramatically during the same time period.”
Dr Richard Miech from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research reported in the journal Tobacco Control that nearly two-thirds of teenagers who have tried vaping consumed “just flavoring” the last time they did it. “Nicotine use came in a distant second, “at about 20% in 12th and 10th grade and 13% in 8th grade.” In other words, “the majority of US youth who use vaporizers and e-cigarettes do not vape nicotine,” a fact that “challenges many common assumptions and practices.”
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