How to Respond Sensibly to an Increase in Youth Vaping


For the past few years, the United States public health community has been amplifying irrational fears among certain sections of the public toward youth vaping.

At times, it has reached such fevered levels that one could be forgiven for forgetting that respected public health bodies in the United Kingdom have estimated vapes to be at least 95 percent less harmful than the combustible cigarettes they typically replace.

So it was interesting to see the UK response last month to a recent uptick in youth use of e-cigarettes. This had led the press—just as excitable in the UK as in the States—to produce several sensationalist articles ramping up a moral panic around vaping that is, of course, unrepresentative of the situation.

But—in a contrast that should be embarrassing to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and American public health nonprofits—the British public health establishment didn’t jump on the media bandwagon and stoke up further panic.

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Martin Cullip – Filter – 2022-09-15.

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