Today, the US Surgeon General released a report on youth use of vapor products and the potential risks to young people from vaping. Although we agree that youth use of nicotine should be discouraged, interventions should be balanced by the need to honestly inform adult smokers of safer alternatives to cigarettes. CASAA is disappointed that Dr. Murthy has chosen politics over achieving genuine public health goals.
Sadly, the Surgeon General is missing an opportunity to highlight the potential public health gains for all smokers of switching to low-risk, smoke-free alternatives to smoking. At no point in the 238-page report does the Surgeon General compare the speculative risks of vapor products with the known risks of smoking. Predictably, the report conflates the two distinctly different products and encourages parents to misinform their children that vaping is just as harmful as smoking.
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