CDC falsely classifies all e-cigs and hookah as “tobacco products”

CDC NYTS finds record 28% annual decline in, and record low “past 30 day” cigarette smoking among high school students from 2013 to 2014 (from 12.7% to 9.2%), and record low smoking rate among middle school students (declining from 2.9% to 2.5%); but CDC falsely classifies all e-cigs and hookah as “tobacco products” (as many e-cig and shisha products contain no nicotine) to exaggerate use of nicotine containing e-cigs and hookah, to falsely claim tobacco use increased, and to lobby for FDA deeming reg (that would ban >99.9% of e-cigs).
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6414a3.htm?s_cid=mm6414a3_w

CDC press release ignores historic decline in smoking, instead touts increase in e-cig and hookah use to confuse, scare and lobby for FDA deeming reg (to ban >99.9% of e-cigs), repeats false claims that all e-cigs and hookah are tobacco products.
http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2015/p0416-e-cigarette-use.html

FDA touts and expounds upon CDC’s false claims that all e-cigs and hookah are “tobacco products”, hypes increase in teen e-cig and hookah use, buries record low teen cigarette smoking findings (chart on bottom right).
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/ProtectingKidsfromTobacco/ucm405173.htm

The only e-cig survey that inquired about the content of e-cigs used found that 96% of never smokers who used an e-cig had used a NO-NICOTINE e-cig
http://poll.forumresearch.com/post/197/two-thirds-using-e-cigs-to-quit-one-quarter-to-one-third-are-successful
http://poll.forumresearch.com/data/Federal%20E-Cig%20News%20Release%20(2014%2012%2011)%20Forum%20Research.pdf

Among all students, NTYS found:

“Past 30 day” cig smoking among all middle school students (6th – 9th grade)
2011 – 4.3%
2012 – 3.5%
2013 – 2.9%
2014 – 2.5%

“Past 30 day” e-cig use among all middle school students (6th – 9th grade)
2011 –  .6%
2012 – 1.1%
2013 – 1.1%
2014 – 3.9%

“Past 30 day” cigarette smoking among all high school students (9th-12th grade)
2011 – 15.8%
2012 – 14.0%
2013 – 12.7%
2014 –  9.5%

“Past 30 day” e-cig use among all high school students (9th – 12th grade)
2011 – 1.5%
2012 – 2.8%
2013 – 4.5%
2014 – 13.4%

Bill Godshall
Executive Director
Smokefree Pennsylvania
1926 Monongahela Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
412-351-5880
BillGodshall@verizon.net

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