Tuesday, September 25, 2018

What concerns the US Surgeon General: ignoring alcohol to focus on e-cigs?

Several THR advocates sent a letter to US Surgeon General Adams to invite him to include THR in his tobacco control strategy. Looking at how e-cigs are presented on the Surgeon General's website does not incite to optimism. I found interesting to compare this very active stance against vaping to the quasi absence of concern for underage drinking during the last 10 years (date of the last documents I found) despite the fact this is a very serious health issue for youth (and their families) that as not decreased during this period, and is still preeminent.Why this extreme double standard?
Visiting the blog of NACD I have to go to April to get one post about alcohol (April being Alcohol awareness month). 
According to the NCADD, "Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States. 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence along with several million more who engage in risky, binge drinking patterns that could lead to alcohol problems. More than half of all adults have a family history of alcoholism or problem drinking, and more than 7 million children live in a household where at least one parent is dependent on or has abused alcohol."
Is the attention given to alcohol abuse and especially underage drinking proportionate to the epidemic? I wonder...

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