NIH Director Blog on E-Cigarettes
The NIH Director, Nobel Laureate Francis Collins, posted a blog message entitled "Are E-cigarettes Leading More Kids to Smoke?" that has drawn considerable attention. Here is the link: https://directorsblog.nih.gov/2017/01/31/are-e-cigarettes-leading-more-kids-to-smoke/ This blog, based on a total of 3 papers, suggests that youth who use e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke combustible cigarettes within a year - and cited National Youth Tobacco Survey in support of that theory. Few would question the premise that youth e-cigarette use should be prevented, particularly via policies that can be effective in achieving that goal. However, do the studies cited provide enough conclusive evidence to warrant a conclusion that "e-cigarettes seem to be making the tobacco problem worse, not better'? Are there other studies that, if included as references, might suggest alternative conclusions? Was this blog based on the best available evidence?
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