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CDC shoots self in foot with release of new e-cig study

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is always releasing new medical studies that seem to indicate a direct connection between e-cigs and teen smoking.  While the vaping industry has always aggressively denied these allegations to be false and perhaps even fabricated to favor the FDA deeming regulations, new scientific research released last Monday seems to directly contradict the CDC’s previous findings.

The report entitled Electronic Cigarette Use Among Adults: United States, 2014 shows that only 0.4 percent of adult never-smokers are current vapers, either using the technology daily or sporadically.  Meanwhile, only 3.4 percent of never-smokers have tried an e-cigarette in the past.  In total, only 12.6 percent of the entire U.S. population has ever used an e-cig in their entire lives.

New CDC research supports previous findings

Another CDC report released in April of 2016 supports this new data, as well.  According to the study Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2011–2014, 9.2 percent of teens said that they had tried a tobacco cigarette within the preceding 30-days.  This is a significant drop of 3.5 percent from the previous year.  During the same timeframe, e-cig use or experimentation rose from 4.5 percent to 13.4 percent.  In other words, rebellious teenagers are smarter than in generations past.  Instead of picking up a Marlboro, they are opting for a Blu disposable or a new vape mod.

These types of scientific reports should be considered good news to government officials, but the American public will probably never hear about them.  Anti-vaping advocacy groups and mainstream media tend to bury these types of studies deep in the bowels of their websites.  However, if this latest CDC report is accurate, then public health professionals have very little to fear over the notion that e-cigs are a gateway to conventional smoking.  The numbers simply don’t add up.


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