U.S. smoking hits 20-year low, so why is the FDA trying to wipe out e-cigs?
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently released new national statistics that show the biggest one-year decline in smoking in more than 20 years. From 2014 to 2015, the rate fell by over 2 percentage points, and the normal rate is 1 percentage point or less per year. The CDC even attributes this massive decline partially to the rise in popularity of electronic cigarettes.
But the CDC also seems to be the partner-in-crime to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the very agency that wants to tax the vaping industry out of existence. So, there appears to be a contradiction of loyalties over at the CDC. Should the FDA be loyal to the American People or to the FDA?
On May 5, the new FDA e-cig regulations were announced that require a very costly application process for all e-liquids that will likely soar in upwards of a million dollars per product, a hefty price tag that most local vape shops simply can’t afford. The CDC is seeming supporting the FDA’s efforts.
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But the CDC is a federal agency that has been advertising for decades that smoking is the leading cause of preventable illness and should be avoided at all costs. So why would the CDC side with the FDA in an attempt to eradicate the very industry that is responsible for the biggest decline in smoking rates in 20- years?
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An advocate for the CDC and the FDA, Dr. Jonathan Whiteson from NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, recently made a statement to CBS news, trying to explain the reasoning. According to Whiteson, some research conducted by the CDC indicates that American teens are turning to the vape at a significantly faster rate in recent years. And as these teenagers grow into adulthood, "we may see 18-, 19- and 20-year olds pick up the habit (of smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes)."
What Whiteson fails to realize is that 18-, 19- and 20-year olds are legally considered adults. There’ not really “teens” at this point in their lives. By labeling them as “teenagers,” the FDA, the CDC, and even Whiteson himself are doing an extreme disservice to the American People.
Claiming that there is a rise in “teen vaping” makes it sound like every 13-year old in America is lurking on seedy street corners trying to score some e-juice because they need a “fix.” By demonizing the very industry that is actually aiding in the fight against tobacco and related diseases, the CDC, the FDA, and the crafty Dr. Jonathan Whiteson may end up wishing that they were on the right side of history sooner rather than later.
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