Last updated on July 2nd, 2017
The Junk Science Emerges When the CDC/FDA Study on Youth and Electronic Cigarettes is Analyzed.
In 2014, the CDC and the FDA decided to formulate a conclusion based on 2011 and 2012 surveys of middle and high school students in the US. The conclusion was that teen e-cigarette use doubled in the past year.
The same report stated that 20 percent of 6-12 years olds tried e-cigarettes but had never tried tobacco.
The report was pretty alarming, in fact, the alarms did go off, causing a media feeding frenzy that included much political posturing and sent mothers into hysterics, clutching their babies tightly to their breasts.
The outcry also called for the elimination of e-cigarette flavors, ecig advertising and the public banning of e-cigarettes.
Scientists Respond with Vigor
Dr. Carl V. Phillips, Scientific Director of The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) took a hard look at the CDC’s statistics and came up with some eye-opening accusations which I’ll refer to in this post.
According to the CDC’s report, in 2012, 2.1 percent of 6-12 year olds had “used” e-cigarettes. Does “used” mean they took one puff, or does it mean that they are now “users”? No distinction was made. Still 2.1% is not an alarming statistic considering the curious nature of that age group.
Then came the “fact” that 20 percent of that group who never smoked became e-cigarette “users”. Forget the true fact that this number represents less than 1% of the population studied! Let’s also not forget the fact that they called any kid who tried even one puff on an ecig over the past 30 days a “user”.
No mention was made of the recent scientific studies by respected scientist Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, cardiologist at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens whose reports on e-cigarettes support the fact that they are not a ‘gateway’ to smoking.
The U.S. media reports that spewed from news of the CDC/FDA junk science study turned into an impressive bit of political bravado that encouraged more of the same.
Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut declared that the electronic cigarette industry is willingly attempting to turn children into a generation of smokers. This postulation was based on the fact that less than one half of 1% of kids tried e-cigs without ever having tried conventional cigarettes.
Here’s a fact: By age 15, 50% of teens have “used” alcohol (and not necessarily the fruity varieties).
All that aside, does that mean alcohol makers are targeting kids? I’m sure if the CDC and the FDA had that on their political agenda they would conveniently formulate another compelling junk science study.
News -Sept. 17th , 2014
Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) in Britain has confirmed that vaping among young people is very rare. Only 1.8 percent of youth regularly used ecigs and 90 percent of that small group had been previous smokers before they started vaping.