In a piece in USA TODAY Tom Frieden continues to pursue his self-created boogeyman of the e-cigarette gateway. Meanwhile, a study that essentially disproves the idea of a gateway languishes away with very little press coverage. It makes much better news coverage to imagine a big tobacco conspiracy to corrupt the nation's youth.
Top public health official is worried about new threats to kids from cigarettes.And while consumers can buy cigarettes only in packs of 20 or more, kids can buy as few as one or two little cigars at a time, making them far easier for kids to afford, Frieden said.
Although the FDA banned flavored tobacco cigarettes, there are no such restrictions on cigars or e-cigarettes, which are sold in “Gummi Bear” flavors and “Fruit Loops.”
Keeping tabs on new, unregulated products from the tobacco industry, which manufactures most e-cigarettes, is akin to playing “whack-a-mole,” Frieden said.
Did you catch that last part? Read it again, notice how it says tobacco industry? Yes, interesting isn't it, since most of the products still don't come from Big T. Yet, here we have an authority figure clearly misrepresenting the e-cigarette industry to scare folks to buy into a completely bunk theory. And what's with bringing up flavors like gummi bears? Is the theory here that the evil conspirators are trying to attract 3rd graders or something?