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.
US vaping epidemic
An epidemic is a disease such as addiction that has very high incident rates in a population. Does this look like an epidemic?
US Accelerated drop in smoking
Since vaping has been introduced into mainstream, youth are experimenting with vaping. The exciting thing is that the percentage that have smoked in the last 30 days is dropping at faster rates since at least 2001.
US youth ever tried
We can see by the graph that in 2017, about the same amount of youth had tried vaping as tired smoking. The thing is vaping is only 5% the risk of smoking.
The Quebec government imposed the most restrictive vaping laws in Canada. Shops had to black out their windows, hide the harm reduction devices and couldn’t even show someone how to safely use a vape! Judge Dumais disagreed.
The standard scientific tool for measuring the harm from drug use is the MCDA (multi-criteria decision analysis). Experts compared 12 different sources of nicotine using the MCDA. The most harmful source were cigarettes so they were given the value of 100%. The other 11 sources show the relative risk of harm compared to smoking.
daily intake of diacetyl
A study found diacetyl in eliquid.
Workers in a butter flavouring factory, (diacetyl was a main ingredient) had higher cases of popcorn lung.
Headlines around the world claimed vaping causes popcorn lung.
Vape shop IAQ
“Evaluation of Chemical Exposures at a Vape Shop”
Top health agencies in the US tested for hazardous chemicals in the air in a vape shop with active vaping.
The vast majority of chemicals were not even detected!
CA VAEP 35% drop
A 35% drop in daily smoking in grade 12 smokers is very significant!
If vaping was a gateway to smoking, we would see an increase in smoking rates.
Instead it is dropping…is vaping reducing the uptake of smoking in youth?
CA The Vaping Epidemic
In 2017, 14.6% of grade 10-12 students used a vape in the past 30 days; an increase of 64% since 2015.
1.8% vape daily versus 2.2% smoke daily.
Daily smokers dropped 27% from 3% to 2.2% since 2015.
Vaping up, smoking down!
CA Significant drop in smoking rates
This graph shows the trend in ‘current’ smoking rates of 15-19 year olds over 16 years.
Within 3 years of vaping being introduced, the smoking rate decreased at a level not seen in 14 years!😃
Is vaping preventing youth smoking uptake?
CA Ever tried smoking/vaping
35% of grade 10-12 students have ever smoked and 33% have ever vaped.
Tobacco smoke contains over 7000 chemicals: 1500 cause disease and 69 cause cancer.
Vaping is 5% the risk of smoking.
Clearly there’s an epidemic
The REAL epidemic in relation to vaping is the smoking epidemic. Vaping is a significant harm reduction strategy for current smokers. Period.