SOURCE: Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association

Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association

March 06, 2014 11:05 ET

Statement From Cynthia Cabrera, Executive Director, Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) Regarding the Recent Study Conducted by the Center for Tobacco Research and Education, University of California, San Francisco

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Mar 6, 2014) - On behalf of SFATA, our industry does not sell or market to minors, and it is our view that no one under 18 should use electronic cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes and vaping products are intended strictly for adults who smoke cigarettes. We fully support limitations on the sale of these products to youth at retail to further reduce access to anyone under 18.

Regarding the survey, in its presentation of the information, the Center for Tobacco Research and Education is implying conclusions that simply aren't borne out by the data. As the survey summary itself states, it wasn't designed to derive any insight about motivation or a possible causal relationship between use of e-cigarettes and combustible cigarettes. What the survey data does show is that cigarette smoking among teens has decreased. This is good news.

It also shows a small increase in use of e-cigs, although usage thankfully remains very low. The survey's own summary states: "This is a cross-sectional study, which only allows us to identify associations, not causal relationships" and goes on to emphasize that it is limited by "lack of information about motivation for using e-cigs."

Conclusions about this issue, which is a very important one, should be based on factual science, not assumption or opinion. Anything less is irresponsible.

For more information, visit SFATA.org, email info@sfata.org or call 218-22-SFATA.