On April 14, 2015, the CDC issued yet another bogus press release claiming that current research shows no decline in tobacco use among high school students. The basis of the findings seems to rely on the misidentification of nicotine as tobacco. It is this fundamental error in definition that is fueling the fires of anti-vaping legislative proposals across the nation and around the world.
The scathing CDC report led to immediate and harsh criticism by Gregory Conley, President of the American Vaping Association.
“The CDC’s staggeringly dishonest claim that tobacco use has not declined since 2011 relies on the deceptive characterization of vapor products as ‘tobacco products.’ The agency is abusing definitions in an attempt to alarm the public and generate headlines. Vapor products contain no tobacco and many do not even contain nicotine. Indeed, the 2015 Monitoring the Future survey found that only approximately 20% of past month youth e-cigarette users reported vaping nicotine. “
The Political blog The Hill also picked up on the press release, but they suspect Big Tobacco might be manipulating the puppet strings of the CDC from behind the scenes. Since vaping technology has increased in public acceptance as a smoking cessation device in the past few years, sales of alternative methods like “The Patch” and nicotine gum are dwindling. Meanwhile, top cigarette companies have been trying to cash in on the vaping trend by manufacturing and marketing their own electronic cigarette brands with very little success. It seems that the vaping public is not interested in buying vaping products from the very industry that got them hooked on tobacco in the first place.
CDC lies about vaping: What’s really going on here?
When asked about the newly proposed FDA regulations on tobacco products and vaping, a senior analyst with Wells Fargo Securities, Bonnie Herzog, stated that the FDA proposal is “broadly positive for the big tobacco manufacturers.” Meanwhile. The Conservative Review is calling the recent CDC press release an illustration of “just how confused and irrational our country’s drug policy has become.”
In an age where numerous states are legalizing medical marijuana, the U.S. is also simultaneously cracking down on e-cigs and vaping devices that are proven to be a healthier alternative to smoking by an astounding 95%. Why would any nation push to legalize marijuana and criminalize vaping at the same time? It just doesn’t make sense.
While many political pundits are questioning the relationship between the CDC and Big Tobacco, others fear that the CDC is simply greedy for expanding their authority and control. After all, smoking is not a “disease,” so why is the Center for Disease Control even involved in tobacco use statistics the first place? If the CDC lies about vaping, what other misinformation is it spreading about other, more deadly diseases like Ebola or Zika?
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