Attention Vapers: Beware of misleading CDC reports regarding ’59 vape shops’
The vaping community seems to be always under attack, and this time the culprit may be the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This government agency is notorious for publishing intentionally misleading or falsified reports which suggest that vaping is not a reliable tobacco harm reduction tool. The latest is a recently published report regarding the surveillance and inspection of some 59 vape shops across the country.
According to an article published on the CDC website, officials conducting the alleged inspections found enormous amounts of violations regarding “lack of quality assurance programs, standard operating procedures, and full labeling of ingredients by the inspected manufacturers.” Specifics of the alleged violations include the failure of vape shops to test and validate the nicotine concentrations in e-liquid inventories, improper labeling of e-liquids ingredients, and non-adherence to other FDA deeming regulations.
Why is the ’59 vape shops’ article by the CDC misleading?
There are several reasons why the CDC report is suspect, to say the least. Firstly, the inspections of 59 vape shops took place between October and November of 2016 – almost two-years ago. This timeframe is just shortly after the FDA deeming regulations were first announced and well before they actually went into effect. In fact, the new FDA labeling requirements only officially went into effect a few short weeks ago.
The CDC report is entitled Notes from the Field: Inspection of 59 “Vape Shops” — United States, October–November, 2016. While the title does reference the fact that these inspections took place in 2016, the bulk of the report is written to imply that they only recently took place.
Furthermore, the large number of alleged 2-year-old violations did not occur from a total of 59 vape shops as implied the title. In fact, over half of the inspected vape shops did not warrant any significantly negative findings whatsoever. It is only after reading over 300-words and three paragraphs of gibberish that the reader discovers that only 28 of the 59 vape shops were adversely affected – adversely affected by FDA deeming regulations that were largely not even active at the time of the inspections.
“The 59 inspected shops included 31 retailers that only sold finished products, 27 that were both manufacturers and retailers, and one manufacturer that did not sell to consumers. Personnel at all shops reported being aware of FDA tobacco product regulation. The remainder of this report focuses on the 28 manufacturers”
The vaping community should beware of anti-vaping activists discovering this CDC report and intentionally spinning its content to favor their vaping-hating agendas. If recent history is any indication, the chances of this happening are very great. As an example, a CDC spokesperson once falsely claimed in 2016 – around the same time as these 59 inspections – that “just reducing the number (of smoked cigarettes) doesn't reduce health risks…You have to quit completely." This statement, of course, is patently untrue and was already proven to be untrue at the time of his statement.
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