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March 22, 2015

Tobacco Truth: Memo to the CDC: Tell the WHOLE Truth About E-Cigarettes

Tobacco Truth: Memo to the CDC: Tell the WHOLE Truth About E-Cigarettes. Feb. 2015

By Brad Rodu

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E-cigarette use increased, as did dual use, but in no way does the data suggest that e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking among teens.  In fact, this chart, along with the Monitoring the Future study I discussed previously (here), indicates that e-cigarettes may be driving teenage smoking down. 
Jacob Sullum at Reason got it right: “Vaping Rises to Record Highs, Smoking Falls to Record Lows, and Activists Insist ‘E-Cigarettes Are a Gateway to Smoking’” (here)   
The CDC regularly misrepresents e-cigarette statistics (here, here, and here).  The agency cherry-picks information from restricted federal datasets; the media amplifies the CDC’s spin; and the story cannot be challenged until months or years later when the agency provides access to the underlying data.  The public should not tolerate such misfeasance from taxpayer-funded public health agencies.

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