Co-creator of FDA vaping regulations Thomas Frieden accused of sexual abuse

Co-creator of FDA vaping regulations Thomas Frieden accused of sexual abuse

Former Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Thomas Frieden was a critical behind-the-scenes player in the creation of the FDA deeming regulations that currently threaten vaping.  It was Frieden who initially made the public claim that vaping is a gateway to teen smoking.  Mitch Zeller of the Center for Tobacco Products used this unsubstantiated theory to validate the need for the deeming regulations which simultaneously created the anti-vaping movement we have today.

On August 24, Frieden was arrested on allegations of inappropriately touching a female acquaintance at an incident occurring in his home four days prior.  According to NBC News, Frieden “groped her rear” which led to his being charged with forceable touching and sexual harassment allegations.  A spokesperson for Frieden issued the following comment. 

“This allegation does not reflect Dr. Frieden’s public or private behavior, or his values over a lifetime of service to improve health around the world.”

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However, some might take great issue with that seemingly simple statement.  After all, this is not the first example of poor judgment by the former CDC Chief.  Aside from the many mistruths he alleged against the American vaping industry, Frieden has a long history of assaults on public health and safety, as well.

  • In 2014, CDC employees accidentally stumbled upon a box of smallpox vials sitting in a closet. At the direction of Frieden, no one alerted Congress to the incident.
  • At about the same time, the CDC accidentally sent out live anthrax samples to several labs across the country. The anthrax samples were supposed to be dead or inactive – not alive.  The samples were immediately recalled, but the nation has never been closer to a possible deadly anthrax outbreak than during Frieden’s tenure.
  • Later that year, Frieden initiated a ridiculous plan that would allegedly prevent an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the United States. The basis of his plan was to simply take the temperatures of people migrating to the United States from countries with an existing Ebola outbreak.  As a result, more than 36,000 people from Western Africa were unnecessarily detained, zero of which had contacted the Ebola virus. 
  • Before obtaining his position at the CDC, Frieden was the New York Health Commissioner. Much like his anti-vaping assertions that e-cigs act as a gateway to teen smoking, he also recommended that trans fats be totally banned in food manufacturing because – he mistakenly alleged -lead to diabetes.
  • After cases of diabetes in New York began to escalate dramatically under his administration, he further tried to ban Big Gulps from the popular 7-Eleven convenience store chain. It didn’t work, and sales of Big Gulps soared.

When Frieden began his attack on vaping in late 2014, then-current CDC statistics indicated only a miniscule uptick in teen vaping and smoking rates.  The vaping movement was still very new at the time, and it only makes sense that teens might experiment with the new technology as teens are prone to do. 

According to the National Youth Tobacco Survey of 2011 to 2014, smoking and vaping rates among middle school students even remained “unchanged” during this timeframe.  Still, Frieden twisted these statistics and somehow convinced Zeller and others at the FDA to consider them when creating and implementing the FDA deeming regulations that – if left unchecked – will eradicate the American vaping industry by 2022 if not sooner.

Related Article:  New study discredits CDC claims of vaping as gateway to teen smoking

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