In a submit on his weblog web page “Tobacco Reality” public well being skilled Brad Rodu, factors out that whereas US federal officers have been “obsessive about that 12 months’s ‘teen vaping epidemic,’ primarily based on a distorted interpretation of knowledge from the Nationwide Youth Tobacco Survey,” constructive knowledge about grownup smoking and vaping in 2018 didn’t even make a sound.” In all chance, “the outcomes don’t match the federal government’s imaginative and prescient for a tobacco-free society,” mentioned Rodu.
Out of 1.71 million vapers who have been by no means people who smoke, two-thirds have been 18-24 years outdated. He explains how this equates to a decrease variety of smoking adults.
The CDC report indicated that the variety of American grownup vapers, elevated from 6.9 million in 2017 to eight.07 million in 2018. “That’s the primary enhance for the reason that CDC began monitoring e-cigarette use in 2014,” mentioned Rodu. He added that 38% of present vapers, over three million, have been former people who smoke, additionally the best quantity in 5 years.
Rodu goes on to elucidate that in 2018, there have been 1.71 million vapers who have been by no means people who smoke, and for the second 12 months in a row, over two-thirds of those have been 18-24 years outdated. He went on to elucidate how this equates to a decrease variety of smoking adults.
“Importantly, this establishes the truth that elevated charges of highschool vaping (right here) are leading to decrease prevalence of smoking amongst younger adults. In truth, the prevalence of present smoking was 7.8% on this group, which is means down in comparison with historic ranges. The vaping fee was nearly the identical (7.6%, with 1.7% at the moment utilizing each merchandise).”
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In the meantime, a latest paper has inaccurately reported as soon as once more that vaping could result in smoking: “…e-cigarette use was robustly related to measures of smoking over 24 months.” Public Well being skilled Clive Bates responded by explaining why this examine proved no such hyperlink, and hurt discount advocate Carl V Phillips added that “it’s one more thought-free piece of public well being rubbish wherein there isn’t a trace of scientific pondering.”