WASHINGTON, D.C., May 11, 2016 — The Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA), the largest trade association representing and managing the interests of the vapor industry, issued the following statement regarding a new study titled, “Pediatric Exposure to E-Cigarettes, Nicotine, and Tobacco Products in the United States,” published in the May 2016 issue of Journal of Pediatrics, reporting that nicotine exposures among children under the age of 6 increased from January 2012 to April 2015.
“New data from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital on nicotine exposures among children is dangerously misleading. In fact, e-cig nicotine exposures are actually declining. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, exposures among youth decreased 20 percent from 2014 and 2015, and for the first 3 months of 2016, exposures were down by more than 33 percent from the same period in 2015. Additionally, these numbers should continue to decrease following the adoption of child-resistant packaging, which was signed into law in January 2016, and already being adopted by the vapor industry.
“Both the authors of the research and the publication’s peer-review editorial board should have been well aware of this data before publishing this research, which was accepted in March 2016. Also, further calling for (packaging) regulations when the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act was signed into law in January 2016 makes it clear that the reporting of this data is disingenuous, and was crafted to further stigmatize and demonize the vapor industry that has helped 9 million smokers switch to what science says is more than 95 percent less harmful than smoking.”
Founded in 2012, the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) is the largest trade association in the vapor products industry with more than 1,100 members and 19 chapters located across the country, representing online retailers, brick and mortar vendors, distributors, manufacturers, importers and wholesalers. For more information, visit SFATA.org or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter @SFATA. Download a copy of SFATA’s “Top 10 Vapor Facts: Demystifying Misconceptions about the Vapor Industry” by visitinghttp://bit.ly/toptenvaporfacts.