According to the CDC, smoking rates have hit a record low in the United States. They are down from 15.5 percent, reported in 2016, to 14 percent in 2017. The director of the CDC, Robert Redfield, had this to say, “”This new all-time low in cigarette smoking among U.S. adults is a tremendous public health accomplishment — and it demonstrates the importance of continued proven strategies to reduce smoking.”
Latest Reports Show Smoking Rates Down
This latest report was published in the CDC’s Nov. 9 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 16 million people in America have a smoking related illness. Shalini Reddy, of the Winchester Center, had this to say about quitting, “The minute that you think that you are going to quit smoking, that’s when the benefits start. Within a few hours of not smoking one cigarette, patients can start repairing themselves.”
The irony of this release from the CDC, is that nowhere does it say that the popularity of vaping contributed to these lower rates of smoking. In fact, the CDC worries that vaping will be the new smoking. This completely discounts the proven harm reduction that vaping contributes to when people decide to make the switch. The CDC has even previously admitted that vaping is less harmful and has contributed to the decline in smoking rates. In fact, so has the FDA. Many also remember that Public Health England has definitively proven that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking.
The CDC and FDA are making a huge mistake by over-regulating the vaping industry and not embracing this CLEARLY effective form of harm reduction. As many in the community know, the boom of vaping, and the decrease in smoking rates, is no coincidence. Though it may be a balancing act for them, these government agencies seriously need to weigh the pros and cons of what is most effective for the improvement of public health.