If American’s were to believe everything that the CDC, the FDA, and the U.S. Surgeon General claim, then vaping is the root of all evil.
People like Thomas Frieden of the CDC and Mitch Zeller of the FDA love to hold press conferences claiming that electronic cigarettes are a gateway to teen smoking. These are also the same people that claim smoking is a gateway to teen drinking, and drinking is a gateway to teen drug use.
Luckily, Millennials don’t seem to be listening, according to a recent study by the University of Michigan.
The study entitled Monitoring the Future involved the surveying of thousands of high school and middle school students from 372 randomly selected public and private schools around the country. 17,643 students in Grade 8, 15,230 high school sophomores, and 12,600 high school seniors completed the surveys while in their respective classrooms.
When asked if they were using e-cigs or vaping technology, either experimentally or daily, only 9.9% admitted to using them within the past 30-days. That figure is down from 12.8% in 2015. Smoking rates among all age groups is also on the decline and underage drinking of alcohol hit a 42-year low.
More interesting statistics from the University of Michigan study
- 6% of students claim to have tried e-cigs at least once in their lifetime, down from 29.9% last year.
- Current use of e-cigs by students in Grade 8 dropped to 6.2% from 8% in 2015.
- Current use of e-cigs by high school sophomores dropped to 11% from 14.2% in 2015.
- Current use of e-cigs by high school seniors dropped to 12.5% from 16.3% in 2015.
- Current smoking rates of students in Grade 8 dropped to 2.6% from 3.6% in 2015 and 21.6% in the mid-1990’s.
- Current smoking rates by high school sophomores dropped to 4.9% from 6.3% in 2015 and 30.4% in the mid-1990’s.
- Current smoking rates by high school seniors dropped to 10.5% from 11.4% in 2015 and 36.5% in the mid-1990’s.
- 6% of Grade 8 students admitted to using alcohol in the past year, down from 46.8% in 1994.
- 38% of high school sophomores admitted to using alcohol in the past year, down from 65.3% in 2000.
- 6% of high school seniors admitted to using alcohol in the past year, down from 75% in 1997.
- Binge drinking (5 or more drinks in a single sitting) is also down to only 3.4%, its lowest recorded rate since the survey began in 1991.
- Illicit drug use is also lower than it was at its peak during the 1990’s. Only 12% of Grade 8 students, 26.8% or surveyed sophomores, and 38.3% of high school seniors admitted to using an illegal drug at least once during 2016.
These statistics directly contradict those consistently released by the CDC, the FDA, and even the U.S. Surgeon General who only last week issued a blistering denouncement of vaping, claiming that “e-cigarette use among U.S. youth and young adults is now a major public health concern.” Apparently, the 45,473 students who participated in the latest University of Michigan survey didn’t get the U.S. Surgeon General’s memo.
The entire study can be located at www.drugabuse.gov/drugpages/MTF.html
Article Credit: Matt Rowland