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CDC finds 8.3M fewer US smokers since 2010, Reuters finds 7.35M US vapers no longer smoke

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Two surveys issued on Wednesday confirmed that vaping has sharply reduced the US smoking rate

New CDC NHIS data found US adult cigarette smoking rate declined from 19.3% in 2010 (i.e. 45.3 million) to a new record low 15.1% in 2015 (i.e. 37.0 million), a decline of 8.3 million smokers. (see page 55)
Vital Signs: Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults Aged ≥18 Years --- United States, 2005--2010

Meanwhile, the new Reuters/IPSIS poll of US adults (conducted 4/19/16-5/16/16) found:
- 10.0% of US adults (i.e. 24.5 million of 245 million) currently use e-cigarettes or a personal nicotine vaporizer (including 12.8% of men, 7.4% of women, 15.1% of 18-34 year olds, 13.1% of 35-49 year olds,6.3% of 50-59 year olds, and 3.6% of 60 years or older)
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- 30% of US adult e-cigarette users (i.e. 7.35 million) no longer smoke cigarettes,
- 62% of US adult e-cigarette users (i.e. 15.19 million) currently smoke cigarettes,
- 8% of US adult e-cigarette users (i.e. 1.96 million) never smoked cigarettes,
- Increasingly more adults inaccurately believe false fear mongering claims about vaping,
- 47% of US adults (38% in 2015) inaccurately believe e-cigs are as harmful as cigarettes,
- 43% of US adults (39% in 2015) inaccurately believe e-cigs don’t help smokers quit,
- 49% of US adults (42% in 2015) inaccurately believe e-cig aerosol is as harmful as 2nd hand cigarette smoke, and
- 66% of US adults (61% in 2015) believe e-cigs are addictive (despite no evidence).

But CDC's Brian King, a so-called smoking cessation specialist, and an unnamed AP reporter deceitfully spun CDC's finding to focus on the one year change from 2014 to 2015, to credit themselves and pre-2010 public policychanges for the recent declines in smoking, to demonize e-cigs yet again, and to praise the FDA's ban on lifesaving vaporproducts (while hiding the fact it bans the sale of nicotine e-cigs to adults).
U.S. smoking rate does something it hasn't in years
"Experts attribute recent declines decline to the mounting impact of anti-smoking advertising campaigns,cigarette taxes and smoking bans."
As today's teenage e-cigarette users become adults in the next few years,
"We may see 18-, 19- and 20-year olds pick up the habit," worried Dr. Jonathan Whiteson, a smokingcessation specialist at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York.

Then Legacy's Robin Koval (who has lobbied FDA to ban lifesaving vapor products since she replaced Cheryl Healton, who had lobbied for and defended FDA's unlawful 2009 e-cig ban in court) credited Legacy and CDC programs for the sharp decline in smoking, as well as smokefree workplacelaws (virtually all of which were enacted before 2010) and laws that raise the minimum age for tobacco and vapor sales to 21 (which have had zero impact on adult smoking rates).

Please note that CDC still hasn't released any 2015 NHIS data for e-cigarette use by adults. When that occurs, don’t expect those news headlines to be favorable to vaping
(as CDC has consistently demonized vaping since 2009 when the agency advocated and defended FDA’s unlawful e-cig ban).


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