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Vaping In The News – December 8th, 2018

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Vaping In The News covers media stories on smoking, vaping, snus, heat not burn, e-cigarettes, exposing tobacco control, public health, government, regulations, policies and more worldwide.

“The largest threat to Public Health is an informed consumer.”


ECigIntelligence Annual U.S. Consumer Survey 2018 ~ Billions in anti-tobacco funds spent elsewhere ~ Glantz Debunked ~ Trust of Information about Tobacco and E-Cigarettes from Health Professionals ~ FDA Delay Costs the Lives of Smokers ~  Don’t Be Shocked If Big Tobacco Invests In Juul ~ Unfounded E-Cigarette Fears Help Health Activist Groups But Harm Public Health ~ Required reading: Fear Profiteers ~ U.S. Surgeon General blocks Clive Bates.



From surveys to videos, this week has been a long and interesting for e-cigarettes and other related news. I appreciate you and your attention to what I deem important and hope you share what you see as important in your circles.



EcigIntelligence Annual U.S. Consumer Survey 2018

It’s survey time for U.S. consumers. Challenges in the United States are far from over. Your voice counts. As a consumer, your data is both necessary and imperative.

ECigIntelligence Annual U.S. Consumer Survey 2018


Billions in anti-tobacco funds spent elsewhere

I’m still speechless concerning this pyramid / ponzi scheme placed upon smokers, then less smokers, while the public is conned into believing the tobacco companies pay tobacco control to do almost usless “work”.

20 years after settlement, billions in anti-tobacco funds spent elsewhere

Related: “Where We Stand” (see contrived)

(Bold, color, italics are my emphasis)

At 1:16:41 — “e-cigarettes and the like – thus far no pure vape product has been uh.. none of the parties have asserted they are in the MSA – the definition of a tobacco product (MSA) is different than a tobacco product under the FDA act…”

  • The Master Settlement Agreement is a contract
  • The Master Settlement Agreement does not expire.
  • Lock up funding by ballot measure/constitutional amendment if possible

I’m NOT going to stop asking this question: Can ‘nicotine’ (defined) as “tobacco” become a legal challenge?

If you’re interested, the full video “Where We Stand 20 Years After the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement: Legacy and Loose Ends” is here.


Retired FDA research monkeys find new home and music in Florida

“The monkeys were once involved in a US Food and Drug Administration study intended to investigate the role of various levels of nicotine in the onset of addiction in teens and young adults.”

Good to see FDA researchers are given homes and music… wait a minute..

Retired FDA research monkeys find new home and music in Florida


 

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Glantz Debunked

How many times can one man be wrong and still hold a job?

Obviously, ALL his life.

Glantz Debunked

Decades of wrong (bonus): 1+1=11: Anti-smoking science


Trust of Information about Tobacco and E-Cigarettes from Health Professionals versus Tobacco or Electronic Cigarette Companies: Differences by Subgroups and Implications for Tobacco Messaging.

Such a long title… Be still my beating heart.

Trust of Information about Tobacco and E-Cigarettes from Health Professionals


FDA Delay Costs the Lives of Smokers

Aside from time to regulate, restrict, tax and ban:

FDA Delay Costs the Lives of Smokers


Vaping Prevents Relapse

Dual use… trial and error…

Interesting to note no one talks about 93% failure rates – um… relapses with the patch, gum… I’ll stop babbling… that’s not why you’re here.

Vaping Prevents Relapse


Don’t Be Shocked If Big Tobacco Invests In Juul — Its Founders Have Allowed It Before

Don’t Be Shocked If Big Tobacco Invests In Juul — Its Founders Have Allowed It Before


PMTA for low-nicotine cigarettes

Here it comes… #KeepSmokingWeNeedTheMoney.

I’ve covered it here where it is hailed by “health and government” and where they want you to keep smoking here.

PMTA for low-nicotine cigarettes


Unfounded E-Cigarette Fears Help Health Activist Groups But Harm Public Health

On a roll, Michelle Minton recently appeared here, now:

Unfounded E-Cigarette Fears Help Health Activist Groups But Harm Public Health

And… WOWFILL your tank. Hydrate. Pace yourselves.

Take breaks. OUTSTANDING.

If you’ve heard of “in a nutshell”… this is the pretty much the whole tree. 👇

Required reading:

Fear Profiteers


U.S. Surgeon General blocks Clive Bates.

From his personal Twitter acccount, Dr. Adams creates the same arrogant, mystical… well, I’ll let you delve into the details.




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Fund The Lawsuit

I’ve been watching this intently. If you’re able, please donate.

Fund The Vape Lawsuit




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It’s FREE, have you joined CASAA? Have you added your testimony here?


Keep up with the latest here with the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World




Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:


Politics:

E-Cigarette Politics 

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Keep ON #Vaping On.

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Vaping In The News – November 24th, 2018

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“Vaping In The News covers media stories on smoking, vaping, snus, heat not burn, e-cigarettes, exposing tobacco control, public health, government, regulations, policies and more worldwide.

“The largest threat to Public Health is an informed consumer.”



Scott Gottlieb: JUUL is Now Your Bitch ~ FOIA Request for Nicotine Statements… ~ Are The Kids Alright? ~ The “Winston Man”: A Transition from Cigarettes’ Model to Vaping Advocate ~ Should flavours be banned in cigarettes and e-cigarettes? ~ More than 50 tickets issued for underage vaping ~ Tobacco Control Is Failing! ~ Antivaping Hysteria Is Unhealthy ~ The Last and Only Solace ~ Stossel: Let Them Vape ~ “National Drug Threat Assessment” ~ Vaping to smoking initiation among US youth and young adults: a reality check ~ RODENTS! ~ Free Child Labor ~ More Junk Studies



Scott Gottlieb: JUUL is Now Your Bitch

Well, I’m not against… wait a minute…

Scott Gottlieb: JUUL is Now Your Bitch

Same Author, my favorite subject: FOIA Request for Nicotine Statements…


Are the Kids Alright?

One of the best breakdowns yet.

Are the Kids Alright?

From the same author – on Twitter:


The “Winston Man”: A Transition from Cigarettes’ Model to Vaping Advocate

“The independent vape industry is serving the market on a silver platter to the tobacco companies,” explained Goerlitz.”

The “Winston Man”: A Transition from Cigarettes’ Model to Vaping Advocate


Should flavours be banned in cigarettes and e-cigarettes?

NO. Nicotine strength should not, either. Period.

Should flavours be banned in cigarettes and e-cigarettes?


More than 50 tickets issued for underage vaping

If Gottlieb was intending swift and STRINGENT ENFORCEMENT – and fines to exceed these – and I mean extreme fines – for selling to minors – for ANY counter sales – vape shops or otherwise, including losing their licences – via the Synar Amendment – changing it to 95% to “qualify for funding’ rather than the EXTREMELY lenient and  ‘acceptable’ 80%, I’d almost start respecting efforts similar to these from Dr. Gottlieb.

More than 50 tickets issued for underage vaping in Park Ridge since penalties took effect last year: police


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Stats On Tobacco Use Indicate Tobacco Control Is Failing!

When dissention begins… put me at the front of the line.

Shocking Stats On Tobacco Use Indicate Tobacco Control Is Failing!


Antivaping Hysteria Is Unhealthy

A question from Steve Forbes himself:

“What are these witless prohibitionists inhaling?”

Antivaping Hysteria Is Unhealthy


The Last and Only Solace

For the smokers at heart.

The Last and Only Solace


Things I love to see:


Stossel: Let Them Vape

Of the few reporters I admire, John Stossel is one. In an attempt to get some attention, I’d once tweeted to him about A Billion Lives here and asked him to talk with David Goerlitz here.

I was pleasantly surprised to see this balanced piece, especially with Michelle Minton.

Stossel: Let Them Vape


“National Drug Threat Assessment”

For something compared as “addictive as cocaine or heroin”, I am VERY disappointed not to find evidence of nicotine gangs, cartels, trafficking, abuse or threats and specifically “epidemics” listed on the just-released “National Drug Threat Assessment”.

It was pointed out on Twitter that Kratom was not on the list.

Nicotine is absent as well.

Surprise!

National Drug Threat Assessment


Vaping to smoking initiation among US youth and young adults: a reality check

I can’t tell if this got released “too early”, too quick, or dammit, there just isn’t a gateway despite Gottlieb’s determination of creating, nurturing and finally revealing an “epidemic”.  Certainly, there is no gateway.

Examining the relationship of vaping to smoking initiation among US youth and young adults: a reality check


Rodents!

Call me crazy, I follow a few rodents on Twitter. Outstanding mouseamatician, VladTheVaper,  a VapinSquirrel, a WhiteRabbit and Phil.

Phil linked this from 1998:

Making the world safe for cigarettes


Free Child Labor

With the “Great American Smokeout” behind us, Tobacco Free Indiana took the opportunity to raise hope Indiana legislators will increase the state’s cigarette tax by $2 a pack.

How’d they do it? Well, adults in charge put forty-five children “on their hands and knees” to pick up cigarette butts. That’s 45 hours of free child labor.

“Think of the children™.” Will they also have those children “volunteer” to pick up used condoms and needles to raise awareness of safe sex and drugs?

 

All in the name of funding.

Free child labor.

Isn’t that nice.

Pisses me off.

“… more importantly, the clean-up was a good way to give back”.

Fourth Street looking spiffier thanks to students


More Junk Studies

I crack me up.




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Vaping In The News – November 17th, 2018

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Vaping In The News covers media stories on smoking, vaping, snus, heat not burn, e-cigarettes, exposing tobacco control, public health, government, regulations, policies and more worldwide.

“The largest threat to Public Health is an informed consumer.”




Youth tobacco and nicotine use – proportionate and responsible reaction ~ Lunar Rover ~ First Annual VapinGreek Consumer Advocate Award ~ Juul, because Juul ~ Nicotine and children ~ The political economy of vaping ~ VTA Executive Director, Tony Abboud, joins CNBC’s Power Lunch ~ FDA to Announce Ban on Sale of Most Cigarettes ~ Kids As Clickbait ~ Cranky Old Broad ~ Employers to discriminate against smokers




Youth tobacco and nicotine use – proportionate and responsible reaction

Written and submitted by

  • Thomas J. Miller: Attorney General of Iowa
  • David B. Abrams, Ph.D.: Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences, NYU College of Global Public Health
  • Clive Bates: Director, Counterfactual Consulting, Former Director, Action on Smoking and Health UK
  • Thomas J. Glynn, PhD: Adjunct Lecturer, School of Medicine, Stanford University
  • Lynn T. Kozlowski, Ph.D.: Professor of Community Health and Health Behavior
  • Raymond Niaura, PhD: Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • David Sweanor: Chair of Advisory Board of the Center for Health Law, Policy and Ethics

Youth tobacco and nicotine use – proportionate and responsible reaction


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VapinGreek

Speaking of Dimitris, I’m proud to have been honored with the first annual VapinGreek Consumer Advocate Award during the Vape Expo in Las Vegas last week – and was taken by complete surprise when it was presented by one of the very people I admire.  (Thank you also to Bill Tarling for telling me to watch it – but not telling me why).

In the vast and varied world of what is the ‘vaping community’, inspiration can come from many. One person I’ve listened to is Dimi on various platforms of advocacy since early 2015. I found a voice within the United States with educated opinions, predictions and warnings of the what was going on in the industry, explaining to consumers (me) what was going ON. I found someone who was “calling out those who attempt to stifle the truth” of something I personally fight for. No holds barred. Affiliations and status don’t matter.

My sincerest thanks to Dimitris for recognizing me in such a way – and creating an award to honor consumers in the future just like me. I’ve met a few of you. There are a lot of us.

Thanks also to Mike Peterson of ‘Vaping and the Mic’ for capturing the video of Dimitris presenting this award here.


Juul – because Juul.

If I were still smoking and it were the first experience to try, it would have worked on throat hit alone. I also understand why Juul attained the lions share of and threaten the “cigalike” market.

Just because ‘you’ don’t like Juul doesn’t mean they don’t work. This is my friends’ son below. I’ve known him his whole life. By his choice, I gave him a Juul a few weeks ago. HIS unsolicited testimony is exactly what shops need to be attentive TO – the smoker trying to make an informed choice.

With Gottlieb’s announcement of “voluntary bans” comes an opportunity.

For brick and mortar shops, by restricting or not carrying consumer choices such as starter kits and only low nicotine strengths with high powered (and complicated to some – think of the help asked for in your groups) mods is restricting an adult consumer choice, pleasure, and possible transition to not smoking…

👉JUST like Gottlieb intends to do.

JUUL


2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey

All the rage, e-cigarette use “among teens” is up. No surprise. In fact, I predicted it last year. I’m not going to link what you probably already know. Instead, I’ll babble a bit. What did they NOT talk about?

E-cigarettes have cut youth smoking by a gazillion percent from 22.7% to 6.3% in 8 years. No one said a word about actual tobacco use… Yet. Still. These are the “things” they’ll need to backpedal on:

  • “E-cigarettes lead to – or are a ‘gateway’ to smoking” – incorrect.
  • “We just don’t know” – incorrect.
  • “They don’t work” – incorrect.
  • “Synar Amendment” – intact.

Of course it’s complicated. Smoking rates at historic lows seize future revenues of funding, grants, state & federal budgets, along with “free” patches, gums, lozenges, prescriptions…and so on. And bullying. Who will take over bullying of smokers? “Think of the children™”.

Remember the “gateway theories” with 3X’s or 5X’s or 7X’s “more likely to smoke” claims innundating your lives. None of these teens have succumbed to smoking? None have gone on crime sprees for patches and gums…

Here’s how I explained it directly to Tobacco-Free Kids.

In a tweet.

I crack me up.

Along with that, I’ll give you the numbers.

Youth "tobacco" rates


Amelia Howard


Nicotine and children

I’ve asked…. “How many children are addicted to patches and/or gums? I’ve asked  the American Academy of Pediatrics and their Presidendt for stats, data case studies (and possible arrest records). They didn’t answer me (!), but Joe Gitchell of Pinny Associates did.

There were “perhaps 2 adolescents may have been never smokers who used NRT”.

Use of nicotine replacement therapy among never smokers in the 1999-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys.


The political economy of vaping

This is the “should not miss” part of my blog, because this isn’t about health. Or “children”. It is, however:

The political economy of vaping

Also:

The Harmful Campaign Against Vaping and E-Cigarettes


VTA Executive Director, Tony Abboud, joins CNBC’s Power Lunch

…and he did it properly.


FDA to Announce Ban on Sale of Most Cigarettes in Convenience Stores Due to Addiction of Hundreds of Thousands of Youth to Cigarettes

Oh boy…………….  I could not have written this better even if I tried.

FDA to Announce Ban on Sale of Most Cigarettes in Convenience Stores Due to Addiction of Hundreds of Thousands of Youth to Cigarettes


Kids As Clickbait: Tobacco Control & Its Unethical War on Vaping

Dr. Glover talks about extremism and exploitation – and – well, defines tobacco control.

Kids As Clickbait: Tobacco Control & Its Unethical War on Vaping


The Cranky Old Broad.

Wait, that’s not it. Skip. Yes. That’s her name. I affectionately and lovingly get away with calling her that. Because she is, but that’s not why you’re here.

Tobacco Harm Reduction Takes a Hit in Minnesota


Lawmaker pre-files bill that would allow employers to discriminate against smokers

DrMA echos my sentiments:

Lawmaker pre-files bill that would allow employers to discriminate against smokers




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I proudly joined David Georlitz on his latest podcast: David G Model Citizen.


You can find me here trying to be cordial on Facebook

You can find me here being a bit more evil on Twitter

You can find me here on Instagram

You can also find me on LinkedIn


Are you familiar with Tobacco Harm Reduction For Life?


Are you familiar with GONZO GIVES?  VapeTithing? Do that!


It’s FREE, have you joined CASAA? Have you added your testimony here?


Keep up with the latest here with the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World




Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:


Politics:

E-Cigarette Politics 

A Billion Lives

A Billion Lives


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Your comments are NEVER filtered, always encouraged and welcome on this blog. There is definitely more to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

Vaping In The News – September 22nd, 2018

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Vaping In The News covers media stories on smoking, vaping, snus, heat not burn, e-cigarettes, exposing tobacco control, public health, government, regulations, policies and more worldwide.

“The largest threat to Public Health is an informed consumer.”




Vaping is Tobacco Control ~ “Epidemic?” A Perspective of Youth Vaping & Tobacco Use Trends ~ Dear Family and Friends ~ Research Looking into Media Coverage of E-Cigarette News ~ Studying Flavours ~ Speaking of Control ~ JUUL and other stealth vaporisers ~ Teens smoking less is unacceptable ~ FDA launches new, comprehensive campaign to warn kids ~ Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb ~ Keep Smoking We Need The Money




Vaping is Tobacco Control

Tony Ottomanelli II has explained this and you shall understand it.

Vaping is Tobacco Control


“Epidemic?” A Perspective of Youth Vaping & Tobacco Use Trends

OUR consumer group, CASAA has released this. Kudos to ALL who do the work behind the scenes.

“Epidemic?” A Perspective of Youth Vaping & Tobacco Use Trends


Dear Family, Friends, Parents, Educators and Medical Professionals

This one’s from me. I consider you all intelligent and capable of thinking for yourselves. I’m telling all my friends, now I implore you to tell all your friends, relatives, neighbors, enemies, pets…


Research Looking into Media Coverage of E-Cigarette News

This, from Diane Caruana – goes right along with what I said above:

“The media still spreading misinformation”


Studying Flavours

After (our) the U.S. Flavor Survey (that ANYONE can USE for legislative and other puposes)…

Paul explains: “Flavours are one of, if not, the key to successfully switching to vaping.”

Even if he does spell flavors wrong, he’s never rude, we’ve made some trouble on Twitter a time or two… and I like him.

I miss 👼#AgentAngel trying to keep us in line.

Agent naughty

Studying Flavours


Speaking of Control

There’s no “first-hand” control over the data/science/research and “they” don’t like it. They have to replicate it rather than fluffing it up to “their” standard. They’ve lost control and narrative of any & all findings for the first time on a very large scale.

In other words, Tobacco Control “Expert” Ruth Malone doesn’t want to be exposed to “second-hand research“. You know you giggled.


JUUL and other stealth vaporisers: hiding the habit from parents and teachers.

Well… damn kids.

JUUL and other stealth vaporisers: hiding the habit from parents and teachers.


Teens smoking less is unacceptable

Another from me this past week.

Teens smoking less is unacceptable


FDA launches new, comprehensive campaign to warn kids

  • Kids will listen:

“seeks to snap teens out of their ‘cost-free’ mentality”

  • Believes? Epidemic? Conjecture:

“believes that youth use of e-cigarettes is reaching epidemic proportions.”

  • Yeah, these will be collector items and traded for e-cigarettes:

“Posters also will be placed in at least 10,000 high school bathrooms”

FDA launches new, comprehensive campaign to warn kids


Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb

Gottlieb and Zeller large

He’s talking about this “convincingly”… as if he’s selling something. Cigarettes, maybe?

Proof by assertion:

“We’re in possession of data that shows a disturbingly sharp rise in the number of teens using e-cigarettes”

Conjecture:

“use of e-cigarettes has reached an epidemic level of growth”

Threatening adults:

“we’re going to encumber adult smokers by putting in place restrictions that make these products less attractive, or harder to purchase by adults.”

Are you pissed off yet?

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb


Ethics money to burn

You have entered the

Keep Smoking We Need The Money

section:

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#KeepSmokingWeNeedTheMoney

$20 million grant will fund continued research

Wait, what? I thought regulations were established, there was no more research needed…they’re giving away more money…

“to continue to investigate the influence of flavors and sweeteners, and other constituents, on the appeal and addictive potential of traditional tobacco products and newer products like e-cigarettes.”

Addictive potential? Wait, what?

$20 million grant will fund continued research by Yale Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science

$20 Million More!

Wait, what?

UCSF Receives $20 Million to Study New Tobacco Products

18 Million More!

Penn researchers receive $18 million grant for Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science

6 Million for “Fall River” Massachusetts!

Tobacco grant to target smoking, vaping among Fall River area teens

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I proudly joined David on his latest podcast: David G Model Citizen.


You can find me here trying to be cordial on Facebook

You can find me here being a bit more evil on Twitter

You can find me here on Instagram

You can also find me on LinkedIn


It’s FREE, have you joined CASAA? Have you added your testimony here?

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Medical, Research, Science Professionals:

Research:


Politics:

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A Billion Lives

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Your comments are NEVER filtered, always encouraged and welcome on this blog. There is definitely more to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin


Teen Smoking Drops, Gateway Closes, Unicorns Unemployed

Teen Smoking Drops, Popular Gateway Closes, Unicorns Unemployed

Teen Smoking Drops, Gateway Closes

Teen smoking rates dropped again despite the ever-popular assessment that e-cigarettes “could be” a gateway to smoking. Even this year, stories continue to manipulate public perception with titles like “heavier teen tobacco use” and content to conjure images of a pack of 8-year-olds smoking like it’s going out of style. I’ll get to the unicorns sightings, I know that’s why you’re here.

Also noteworthy, and no surprise, e-cigarette use is going up. Well, hang on to your hats. If e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking… where are the new smokers? You ponder that question, I’ll keep typing.


They’re wrong, No Gateway

With the confidence of a unicorn herder, always good for a laugh ever-so-credible Stanton Glantz just below boasts “even non-nicotine #ecigarettes are a strong gateway to cigarettes…” and he’s wrong. He uses the word “are”.  Not only is he wrong, he’s wrong at least twice.

glantz tweet

If he were correct in his hypothesis, this would be a different blog. I trust grandstanding filled with babbling and buffoonery is forthcoming from Stan about how wrong he isn’t.  (Blatantly obnoxious and wrong.) He’ll stroke his beard,  fidget in his chair, participate in some pesky deposition, but won’t admit wrong, he and others have been wrong, and will continue to be wrong. With reports of youth smoking rates dropping to all-time lows, thousands of gateway enthusiasts like Stanton “Puff-N-Stuff” Glantz, are… well, I am happy to report as I did in August here, and here, wrong.


Teen smoking drops again

Teen Nicotine and tobacco use (smoking rates) dropped again according to the latest report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)  called “Monitoring The Future Survey”.

Use of traditional cigarettes has continued to decline to the lowest levels in the survey’s history.

Significant five-year declines-by more than half for daily use and for use of one-half pack or more per day-were reported by all grades.

Daily cigarette use was reported by 0.6 percent of 8th graders

2.2 percent of 10th graders

4.2 percent of 12th graders in 2017.

This was down from peaks of 10.4 percent and 18.3 percent among 8th and 10th graders in 1996 and a peak of 24.6 percent of 12th graders in 1997.


Unicorns

Expert Integrity In Question

Gateway Enthusiasts and Unicorns are out of work

Despite the valiant efforts of “experts”, despite an uncanny desire to invest in tactics like this to keep kids smoking, they’re smoking less. Now, due to cause and effect, the country has countless unicorns displaced and unemployed. Gateway enthusiasts and Unicorns are looking for work. Kids sure don’t smoke like they used to. Do what you can to save the unicorns, continue to question the integrity of experts.

Since the definition of nicotine is now tobacco, tobacco USE rates/funding are in jeopardy. (I predict next year the “tobacco use” will be put together with smoking in this survey, with or without nicotine). To my knowledge, not one city has made an effort to focus on the intended target: children. Instead of focusing on pre-teen and teen smoking (what I would consider 8-15 year-old juveniles), to educate that age group on tobacco use, so-called “experts” are insistent, despite the lowest smoking rates in history, on half-assed efforts and a lot of money aimed at raising the age of purchasing tobacco and e-cigs to 21.


Teens Are Smoking Less

While I was writing this blog, this came across my eye. (Thanks, Jenny!)

While all the “Tobacco 21” enthusiasts are running around feeling good about themselves, the teen smokers they should be spending energy on are already smoking. In this, it states the desire to raise the age to 21. Well. The paragraph above I stated 8-15 as the age range to educate, where (bold emphasis is mine) this study says:

“The mean age for the first puff on a cigarette was 11.7 years (n = 66). Youths who had stolen tobacco from a parent reported a mean age for the first puff (11.3 years), one year earlier than youths who had never stolen tobacco from a parent (12.3 years, n = 66, p = 0.05)”

Focus time on efforts, not control

11 year olds. 12 year olds. Why are they worrying about restricting 18-20-year-old adults again? Why are they not worried about pre-teen and teen tobacco use? Oh, that’s right, they’re experts. It’s pretty obvious a quick check with my untrained eye on the target age of when children first initiate smoking *in their own study* isn’t their expertise.  Maybe no one noticed.

You would think efforts focusing on pre-teen smoking education before a potential problem occurs would be more fruitful, and the obvious primary focus. Instead, restrict adults from doing something that “they might do” as adults has become the idiotic trend.

As far as my personal view, I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again:

On teens: “If “children” are *already smoking, they’re *smokers regardless of age. Think of the children™.”

If these people worked on the…. they might work themselves right out …. of… a …. job . . . wait a minute….

 


This was added 12/19/17.


Smoking Rates Among Youth Now At “Unimaginable” Levels

Added 01/18/17:

1.7 Million High Schoolers Vaped in 2016, As Both Vaping and Smoking Declined

Added 06/14/2018:

Still not smoking.

The elusive ‘epidemic’ of teen vaping

 

Added 8/18:

Interesting to note on 9/05/18:

Truth Initiative claims a gateway on August 6th claiming:

 

THEN:

a twenty-one % drop from 18-24….

 


Other related links of interest:

Electronic Cigarette Age Restrictions May Drive Teens to Traditional Cigarettes

US survey: Youth smoking rates reach historic lows despite e-cig popularity

Adolescent Smoking Rates Reach Historic Lows, Despite Vaping’s Popularity




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