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Government Research: Your kids do not suck… cigars

By  |  April 27, 2017, 11:47am

The January 26, 2017 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine includes a longitudinal study of tobacco-product use by adults and children in the United States between the years 2013 and 2014.

Read that again. I’ll wait………

Cigar Aficionado extracted a small portion of the paper to highlight that only 0.7 percent of children aged 12 to 17 have ever smoked a traditional, high-quality cigar. Well, more for me to enjoy.

There are interesting components beyond the results and conclusions (provided later); namely, the organizations acquiring and compiling these data, rationale, and disclosure.

First, the organizations:

  • The Department of Health Behavior Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY
  • The Office of Science, Center for Tobacco Products, Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute
  • National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, and Westat and Kelly Government Solutions Rockville — all in Maryland;
  • The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
  • The Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies, Truth Initiative, Washington, DC
See a pattern? Government organizations associated with the FDA and institutes with titles that can be presumed to have set motives. Note to authors: This is not a personal attack. You do not need a safe space. Your objective thought process on the scientific method must lock your ego in the closet.

Next, there is no need for any government entity to exist to conduct such a study. The above list shows the immense amount of wasted tax dollars funneled into Washington, DC. If private organizations, or even academic institutions listed, wish to use monies raised via their standard non-tax-based practices to develop such a study, then fine.

Last, the data are several years old, and there are minimal statistical complications. Why was this not published and distributed in a timely manner? The data and conclusions do not fit into the minority societal and political agendas; therefore bury it. The conclusions do not afford a springboard to force people to further change personal choices through government intervention.

Results:

More than a quarter (27.6%) of adults were current users of at least one type of tobacco product in 2013 and 2014, although the prevalence varied depending on use category. A total of 8.9% of youths had used a tobacco product in the previous 30 days; 1.6% of youths were daily users. Approximately 40% of tobacco users, adults and youths alike, used multiple tobacco products; cigarettes plus e-cigarettes was the most common combination. Young adults (18 to 24 years of age), male adults and youths, members of racial minorities, and members of sexual minorities generally had higher use of tobacco than their counterparts.

Conclusions:

During this study, 28% of U.S. adults were current users of tobacco, and 9% of youths had used tobacco in the previous 30 days. Use of multiple products was common among tobacco users. These findings will serve as baseline data to examine between-person differences and within-person changes over time in the use of tobacco products.

Ah, so much to say, so little time.  28%: A small percentage of the population, and an even smaller percentage of adults ignorant of the enjoyment of high-quality cigars.

Connecting research could be to analyze the scotch use of infants, especially during the teething stage. There was a time, not so long ago; having the tiny Tupperware round container with cheap liquor was part of the baby bag. Helps the pain, and supports sleep.

In any case, this seems to be a blinded study, so we do not know if Bill Clinton was included, to determine 1. If he actually inhaled, 2. Documentation of alternative uses for certain tobacco products.