Since the appointment of Dr. Scott Gottlieb as Representative of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) In early 2017, unsubstantiated claims of a teenage vaping epidemic were rampant. The allegations that began with Gottlieb only continued to escalate well after his departure in 2019, but New York University scientists are now vigorously disproving their validity.
Since the rise in vaping's popularity began around 2015, when mass marketing of vaping products became economically feasible due to numerous advances in manufacturing technologies, Big Tobacco has been overly intent on gutting the vaping industry entirely. As sales of flavored vaporizers surged, profits on traditional cigarettes plummeted. Additionally, Big Pharma was likely unhappy as drug companies saw steady declines in sales of their smoking cessation aids, such as nicotine-enhanced patches, gum and lozenges.
In short, the evidence showed that smoking rates in the US fell to historic lows. Still, did the US government warn the American people against tobacco-free vaping? This apparent contradiction in goals caught the attention of numerous public health experts, including the NYU team.
Teens vaping versus smoking: Manipulated numbers
In the closing days of 2019, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued multiple public health alerts over an allegedly mysterious outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries. The disorder would eventually be named EVALI and claimed 68 deaths.
Yet unbeknownst to the American people, a truly deadly global pandemic had already hit the shores of the United States. Unlike the deliberately and mismanaged "teenage vaping epidemic," the coronavirus would quickly be responsible for a staggering 245 million deaths and counting.
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Perhaps in an effort to divert federal health officials from their ill-conceived anti-vaping agenda and focus more on the exceedingly deadly COVID pandemic on the horizon, officials at the NYU School of Global Public Health issued a press release in January 2020. The Scientists announced the release of a study suggesting the teenage vaping crisis doesn't really exist. U.S. government data on underage use of vaping products was not only false, but was also intentionally tampered with to support a strong anti-vaping bias.
"Most young people do not vape, and even fewer vape regularly… Our findings underscore the importance of examining the full context of how youth use vaping and tobacco products… The key to protecting youth in the United States is destination." patterns of use and co-use of vaping and tobacco products, providing public health decision makers with the best possible information to protect the health of the public."
In other words, the FDA and CDC cited statistics based on infrequent survey questions sent to millions of schoolchildren asking if they had EVER vaped, rather than asking if they were regular, daily vapers. This seemingly simple adaptation of language is the statistical discrepancy between a teenager who EVER stole a tobacco cigarette from his father's pocket and one who buys and smokes a pack of cigarettes every day. The differences in possible health consequences are both dramatic and serious. As federal regulatory expert Michelle Minton of the Competitive Enterprise Institute put it in a recent interview with The Washington Examiner.
“The study showing that e-cigarette use increased among youth between 2017 and 2018, the CDC's National Youth Tobacco Survey, is a survey that only measures use in the last 30 days. That might catch habitual users, but it also involves sheer experimentation (e.g. a one-time hit on a friend's vape at a party), not necessarily regular use. In fact, if you exclude 18-year-old adults, students who used other tobacco products, and experimental users, the survey found that only 0.6% of high school students vaped regularly (about 95,000 children). While this is still worrying, it is not an 'epidemic'. But that is how the FDA has presented the problem to the public.”
The NYU team conducted in-depth interviews with over 20,000 middle and high school students who previously participated in the CDC research that ultimately led to the nonsense of the "teenage vaping epidemic." But this time, the NYU team had reworded the questions based on constant versus everyday use.
The results? The NYU team found that "from 2015 to 2018, daily cigarette smoking among youth declined from 1.2 percent to 0.9 percent, while regular vaping (20 or more in the past 30 days) fell from 1.7 percent 3.6 percent increased.” In comparison, a whopping 5.8 percent of middle and high school students reported regularly smoking cigarettes containing combustible tobacco.
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