HAPPY NEW YEARRRR!!!!!! Whoo hoo!!!
We are a little late on this week’s newsletter because everyone was enjoying their new years. I hope everyone really enjoyed their holidays and is ready to get back into the swing of things.
On that note, let’s get started.
Last week, we saw some very interesting news and events going on in the vaping world. Some very big names published some very controversial articles in regards to the huge rise of vaping in 2016. Some of these articles were very “pro” vaping, while others were very much against it.
One thing is for sure, the vape culture has certainly caught the attention of the country. We are very interested to see what will happen over the next coming weeks, months and years.
Here we go.
CDC Fears Teen Vaping Is Out Of Control Despite Plunge In 2016
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released another report with strong warnings on youth vaping, ignoring data showing a drop in the use of electronic cigarettes by teens in 2016.
The report analyzes e-cigarette use among teens in middle school and high school, and chronicles their brand preferences and whether they use reusable or disposable devices. The report uses statistics published in a surgeon general report from Dec. 8, showing a massive spike in the youth vaping rate between 2011, when the products first gained traction, and 2015.
I’ll Say It Again: E-Cigarettes are Still Far Safer than Smoking
Since I last wrote about e-cigarettes in this column one year ago, headlines about the dangers of these devices have continued to appear and show no sign of abating. The result is clear. More people believe today, compared with a year ago, that e-cigarettes are as harmful as smoking. In fact these incorrect perceptions have risen year on year, from fewer than one in ten adults in Great Britain in 2013 to one in four this past summer. Surveys of smokers show similar patterns, with an increasing proportion believing that e-cigarettes are more or equally harmful than tobacco.
The Year in E-Cigarettes: The Good, The Bad, and Some Reasons for Optimism
As a new year begins, I hope that the incoming decision-makers at the Department of Health and Human Services, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control will embrace tobacco harm reduction as a public health strategy to be championed, not stymied.
Last year, unfortunately, was one of disappointment. The FDA dealt a dangerous blow to the health of about 37 million adult smokers with burdensome deeming regulations that established its jurisdiction over vaping products.