think of the children
When children grow up in a home with one smoker, they have a 72% increase of smoking uptake. Many parents who smoke have tried multiple times to quit and failed. Tobacco harm reduction may be the best option for them and their children.
Incidence ages of smoking
People start smoking in their teens because youth experiment with adult taboos due to peer pressure and “sensation seeking”. ?
Also, because the brain ? is still developing; it is building new connections making them more vulnerable to addiction.
More smoking, higher risk of addiction
93% of smokers start before they’re 20 because they experiment with adult taboos.
Addiction is a loss of autonomy which means to act independently of something (say ‘no’ to the next one.)
It’s a numbers game, after 20 cigarettes, 50% lose some autonomy.
It’s normal teens try adult stuff
They’re banning flavours to save youth from nicotine.
33% of youth vaped and more smoked.
65% drank alcohol. Should we ban flavor in alcohol?
Twice as many teens are watching porn. Should we ban the color in porn?
Tide Pods look like gummies…
Youth are in it for the high, not the flavours
Over 20, 000 US youth were surveyed.
Of the high school students that reported they had ever tried vaping, 1 out of 3 admitted they used cannabis in a vaping device.
Flavours in regulated nicotine eliquid are for the smokers looking for harm reduction.
It’s the ‘heady’, not the flavors
Youth are seeking a head buzz from abusing JUULs (overdosing).
Teens call it a “heady” and 8.3% of grade 8-12 students are “JUULing” to get high.
JUUL has 4 flavours.
Banning 1000’s of eliquid flavours will make harm reduction unattractive to smokers.
GB youth vaping
In Great Britain, vaping is recognized as a significant harm reduction strategy and is promoted by Public Health England. ?
Yet, less than 2% of 11-18 year olds vape more than once a week.
WHERE is the youth vaping epidemic in Great Britain❓❓❓
In Great Britain, health authorities have embraced vaping for smokers.
Only, 93.8% of 11-18 year olds that have never smoked, have never ‘tried’ a vape.
Teens in North America are given fear-based narrative and that makes them want to try it even more.
Canadian youth vaping epidemic
In 2017, 15.6% of grade 10-12 students had one puff or more 30 days; an increase of 65% since 2015. 1.8% vaped daily versus 2.2% smoked daily. Daily smokers dropped 27% from 3% to 2.2% since 2015. Vaping up, smoking down.
Compare vaping to smoking
? Tobacco smoke contains over 7000 chemicals: 1500 cause disease and 69 cause cancer.
? Vaping is 5% the risk of smoking.
? 35% of grade 10-12 students have ever smoked and 33% have ever vaped.
? Is there a smoking epidemic?
Is vaping interrupting smoking uptake?
This graph shows a 16 year history of current smoking rates of 15-19 year olds over a 16 year period. Within 3 years of vaping being introduced, the smoking rate decreased at a level not seen in 14 years!
Significant drop in grad 12 smokers
Grade 12 smokers are the next adult smokers! A 35% drop in grade 12 smoking rates is very significant! If vaping was a gateway to smoking, we would see an increase in the smoking rates. Instead the youth smoking rates are dropping. This suggests that vaping may be reducing the uptake of smoking in youth.
US youth smoking vs vaping
In 2017, about the same amount of US youth had tried vaping as smoking. Maybe the youth that have a curiosity about inhalants try both. Consider that the smoking rate is dropping, vaping maybe interrupting smoking addiction.
US youth smoking rates
Since vaping has been introduced into mainstream, youth are experimenting with vaping. The thing is that the US youth smoking rates are dropping at rates not seen since at least 2001. Vaping could be preventing new smokers!
US youth vaping epidemic
An epidemic is a disease with very high rates in a population. ? Youth that used a vape in the last 30 days: – 36% used 1-2 days, – 17% used 3-5 days, – 9% used 6-9 days, – 10% used 10-19 days, – 5% used 20-29 days.
US youth daily smokers
9 of 10 smokers start before 20. 94% of youth that smoke 100 cigarettes, lose some ability to say no to the next one – they are becoming addicted. Vaping may be interrupting those 100 cigarettes considering their smoking rates are dropping.
Tobacco smoke causes damage
Tobacco smoke has 7000 chemicals in it, many of which cause damage to the body.
This fear-provoking message is suggesting that all smokers have some kind of brain damage.
How is it that they can identify nicotine as the culprit and not the other toxins?
Nicotine alters rat brains
The current fear-provoking narrative on vaping scares smokers away from tobacco harm reduction.
It would be unethical to give nicotine to teens and then test their brains. ?
The reference used was a study on rats at 2mg/kg/d nicotine IV. ?
Jack Boomer quote
To make vaping attractive to current smokers, eliquid comes in many flavour because adults like flavours.?
That’s why there are 1000’s of flavours of alcohol.
Teens are being used to ban eliquid flavours & make harm reduction unattractive to smokers.
Flavors in eliquid & alcohol
Flavors are KEY to helping smokers switch to vaping & stay off of cigarettes. Gov’ts want to ban flavors in eliquid to save the children although no one has died from eliquid. Each year 4300 youth die from alcohol. They should ban those flavors first.
US reduced youth uptake
This quote proposes vaping’s harm reduction potential not only for current smokers but for preventing the next generation of smokers.
The graph illustrates the significant drop in American youth smoking rates since vaping has been introduced in the USA.