Teens 80% Less Likely to Smoke, yet CDC Sees no Progress

Teens 80% Less Likely to Smoke, yet CDC Sees no Progress
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Brian King, deputy director of the Office on Smoking at Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), claims the latest survey data on teen tobacco consumption "indicate that past progress in reducing youth use of these products has been erased." That is true only if you define tobacco-free e-cigarettes as "tobacco products," which the CDC does, and if you ignore the enormous difference between the hazards of smoking and the hazards of vaping, which the CDC also does.

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