The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently launched a 90-day probe into the possible negative effects of flavored e-liquids on public health. In the days leading up to the announcement, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb was making the mainstream media circuit spouting concerns that vaping may be leading millions of young adults and teens into a life of smoking addiction. Even with the release of the CDC study entitled Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students – United States, 2011-2016 that essentially disproves this ridiculous theory, the FDA is pushing forward. A nationwide ban on flavored e-liquids is now a very real possibility.
One group of concerned scientists led by Dr. Konstantinos E. Farsalinos of the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center has recently conducted a survey involving a cross-sectional group of 4,058 adults. The goal of the research was to assess the relationships and prevalence of e-cig usage compared to smoking by asking pointed questions to the participants through a series of phone interviews. The findings are published on the BMC website in a report entitled, Electronic cigarette use in Greece: an analysis of a representative population sample in Attica prefecture.
What the Farsalinos team discovered is that 62.2 percent of participants claiming to be regular vapers also self-identify as either current or former smokers. Only 0.2 percent of vapers claim to have never smoked a single cigarette in their lives. Among the group who admitted to never having tried vaping in the past, 54.1 percent self-identify as current smokers. Meanwhile, 24.1 percent self-identify as ex-smokers, and 6.5 percent have never experimented with neither smoking nor vaping in the past.
American Heart Association study confirms Farsalinos report
Coincidentally, at approximately the same time that Dr. Farsalinos and his team were conducting their telephone survey, the American Heart Association (AHA) was in the middle of their own vaping study. One of the primary findings of the AHA report posted on Science Daily indicates that vapers are 23 more times more likely to be former smokers. Furthermore, only 8 percent of the 5,423 AHA participants self-identified as never smokers. No statistics were provided to determine the percentages of vapers that self-identified as dual users or current smokers, but the AHA’s limited findings still seem to support the Farsalinos research nonetheless.
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So, if the majority of vapers are either current or ex-smokers, why is the FDA so determined to ban flavored e-liquids? Is the FDA intentionally generating false fears in the American People that the vaping industry is secretly trying to lure young children into their perceived den of e-cig degradation? If so, why? Even a Yale Economist has recently stated on the record that banning flavored e-liquids will be a huge financial windfall for Big Tobacco. What is really going on at the FDA?