Wednesdays News at a glance:
Teenagers Say No to Drugs and Alcohol, Yes to Vaping – Vaping is a life-saving innovation – Ally of former NJOY investor poised to take over at FDA- Latest data shows no evidence vaping is leading teens to smoking – New resources launched and webinar scheduled on e-cigarette use in pregnancy – Part 2, Tallying the score -Adolescent Smoking Falls Again, Confounding E-Cigarette Alarmists – Teen smoking survey: how can we make this sound bad? – Lying for Money: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Solicitation is Fundamentally Dishonest – CASAA Webinar – FDA Compliance and 2017 Legislative Overview – The Ides of December
Brittany Hunter / Fee
According to a recent report released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), today’s teens are actually better behaved than the generations which preceded them, relatively speaking.
According to the annual Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) fewer teens are having sex and using drugs or alcohol. In fact, today’s teenagers actually have the lowest rates of ecstasy, heroin, and meth use on record.
In 1991, 27.5% of teens considered themselves smokers. Today only 10.8% do, but 44.9% said they have used a vaping device.Even more shocking is the declining number of teenagers who say they smoke cigarettes.
The United States surgeon general said last week that vaping – the use of e-cigarettes – is a threat to the health of young people and needs to be combatted. But there is very little evidence of vaping among people of any age who have never smoked, so what counts is the risk relative to smoking. When you last saw somebody vaping in the street, did you think “there goes somebody who has been a smoker”? If so, you’d be right 99% of the time.
In what could be a pivotal appointment for the vaping industry, an associate of Peter Thiel, who invested in vape product pioneers NJOY and is a close confidante of President-elect Donald Trump, is poised to take over from Robert Califf as head of the US Food and Drug Association, according to multiple sources.
Jim O’Neill, the Thiel associate, hasn’t been officially selected, and the Trump team could still go in another direction, but there are strong indications that he is a leading candidate for the FDA job.
The Drip Club / Shawn C. Avery
The 2016 data from the Monitoring the Future study (MTF) is rolling in and—despite numerous public health officials claiming otherwise—teen vaping still isn’t increasing teen smoking.
Julie Griffiths / Royal College of Midwives
Two new resources on the use of e-cigarettes during pregnancy have been launched to help midwives in their consultations with women.
An infographic and a briefing has been produced by the Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group, which is a partnership of stakeholders, including the RCM, that is coordinated by public health charity, Action on Smoking and Health….
"Visible vaping: E-cigarettes and the further denormalisation of smoking"…suggests visibility of vaping is making smoking less attractive. pic.twitter.com/72dymDPdR6
— Nicotine Surveys (@NicotineSurveys) December 14, 2016
Jacob Sullum / Reason
New survey results deal yet another blow to the hypothesis that vaping leads to smoking, showing that conventional cigarettes are less popular than ever among teenagers despite the recent surge in adolescent experimentation with e-cigarettes. In the Monitoring the Future Study, the percentages of eighth-, 10th-, and 12th-graders who reported smoking cigarettes during the previous month fell again this year, continuing a downward trend that began in the late 1990s.
Jim McDonald / Vaping 360
Hot on the heels of last week’s report on youth vaping from the Surgeon General comes news that teen vaping and smoking are both declining. In fact, according to the latest Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, teen smoking is at its lowest level ever.
This Monday, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids sent out a solicitation for donations that stated:
“The tobacco industry spends $9.1 billion a year on marketing in the U.S. alone. That’s over $1 million every hour! And much of it is aimed at kids. The industry needs kids as “replacements” for the nearly half a million Americans killed by smoking each year, and for those who quit.They know that 90% of smokers start as teens or earlier. That’s why their marketing is geared toward youth. But they’re not just selling your dad’s cigarettes or your grandpa’s cigars anymore.
CASAA Webinar – FDA Compliance and 2017 Legislative Overview
On Tuesday, December 13, 2016, CASAA hosted our first webinar regarding FDA compliance and a legislative overview for 2017. Going into a new year and legislative session, vapor consumers and the vapor industry face continued uncertainty at the federal and state levels. At the same time, manufacturers are dealing with compliance issues and regulatory confusion.
AVCA (Aotearoa Vape Community Advocacy)
As everyone winds down for the year and gets prepared for the holidays… time for a quick update from the team at AVCA
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…
Ian Green – Vapers in Power
Having run my own Vape store for the past three years, I thought that most of the anxiety witnessed was when a new customer is being talked through their first ever purchase. You can sometimes smell the fear when you mention “atomisers”, “variable voltage/wattage” and then there’s the “juice menu”. Lots of flavour choices and varying nicotine strengths. You get the picture.
Now there’s a new generation of anxious Vaper. Not just anxious…distraught!
The Vaping Giraffe
Today (Saturday) was the day Norwegian vapers hit the streets to show that we’re not at all happy with our governments attempt to implement the TPD. I was attending the demonstration in Trondheim, where somewhere between 40 and 50 people gathered to protest against the governments disguised TPD implementation. Now I know this might not sound to impressive, but you have to take into account that Norway is not a very big country, and only a bit less than 180.000 people live in Trondheim. Besides… those 40 to 50 people made sure we were noticed when walking down the busiest shopping street in town….
Håkon Olov Leira, Postdoctoral Fellow, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim Norway.
E-cigarettes are a good alternative to regular cigarettes, they can save many years of life lost and lost years of health, respectively. Sadly the Health Minister and central health communities want to restrict access….
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