As the acting Director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Thomas Frieden has been denouncing e-cigs and vaping technology as a gateway to smoking addiction for years, especially among America’s youth. However, one insightful professor from the University of Michigan simply couldn’t believe the reports. As someone who regularly engages with teenagers and young adults, Professor and Health Economist Kenneth Warner decided to conduct his own scientific research to determine if the CDC’s claims were accurate.
The Monitoring the Future Study
As an American educator, Warner’s job is to keep apprised of the latest scientific research regarding Health Economics for the classes that he teaches at the University of Michigan. Even though the FDA and the CDC consistently claim that “vaping is bad” and “e-cigs are a gateway to smoking,” other European studies show the direct opposite. For example, just days before the FDA deeming regulations were first announce last May, the UK’s Royal College of Physicians released a report stating that electronic cigarettes are 95 percent safer and healthier than smoking.
So, Warner gathered his own group of average teens ranging in age from grades eight through twelve. Over the course of a few months, he asked the participants to complete a series of questionnaires. He called his research the Monitoring the Future Study, and its results seem to directly contradict the findings of Thomas Frieden and the CDC.
- Only high schoolers who currently smoke are prone to trying vaping.
- Of those who are current non-smokers and who have, in fact, experimented with vaping at some point in the past, approximately 60 percent only vaped one or two days in the past month. And most of them quickly grew bored with the practice and never took it up again.
- Less than 1 percent of non-smoking teens who tried vaping became regular vapers in the long term.
- Of that 1 percent, over 66 percent of those new vapers were actually vaping zero-nicotine e-juices – something that the CDC never seems to mention in its research.
Professor Warner falls short of criticizing the CDC or Thomas Frieden for intentionally misinforming the American Public. However, he is quick to note that people cannot believe everything that they read or hear about vaping. The complete findings of his Monitoring the Future Study have been published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. And Forbes Magazine has even run a story on his research as well.