Posted: Oct 06, 2021 12:00 PM
The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Townhall.com.
Another year and another round of alarmism surrounding the so-called youth vaping epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published the results from the 2021 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) and despite the great news that vaping rates among youth have significantly decreased, both the CDC and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are using the opportunity to further mislead and poison the discussion about tobacco harm reduction.
According to the NYTS, in 2021 only 11.3 percent of high school students and 4.7 percent of middle school students reported current e-cigarette use – or having used an e-cigarette on at least one occasion in the 30 days prior to the survey. Of these, the agency claims that 27.6 percent of high school students and 8.3 percent of middle schoolers reported daily use. The FDA mistakenly claimed that “1 in 4 high school students reported daily use.”
These statistics are based off current