Clive Bates is one of the leading #harmreduction advocates and his website www.clivebates.com is well worth reading to gain insights into #vaping policy issues.
Here’s his latest post - More heat than light - new US statistics on youth vaping provide no basis for FDA policy
Clive Bates calls for the FDA/CDC to release the following information without delay:
Full frequency distribution for e-cigarette use -including daily use
Trend in combustible tobacco use
Smoking / and tobacco use status of e-cigarette users – especially regular and daily users
Clear information on flavour use, covering tobacco, menthol/mint, and other flavours – recognising that users may try several flavours in a month
Use of nicotine-free liquids, nicotine or other psychoactive substances in e-cigarettes if this data is collected
FDA/CDC appear to have chosen exactly and only the data needed to promote their the ‘epidemic’ narrative. At the same time, they have withheld any data that might be used to question it or interpret it with more subtlety. Americans have been let down by this approach to data and evidence-based policy-making.