Warning on youth vaping ‘a desperate effort to maintain a crisis narrative’

A letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has warned that vaping may have countered some of the decline seen in nicotine use by US adolescents since the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement banning the marketing of conventional cigarettes to children.

The letter concluded: “The contribution of e-cigarettes to unsuccessful nicotine quit attempts among adolescents is substantial and warrants consideration as the US formulates policies to regulate e-cigarettes.”

However, criticism has been levelled at the research on which it was based, on the grounds that it considered only failed attempts to give up nicotine products, while ignoring the successes.

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