CDC Wins the 2016 Lie of the Year Award
Dr. Michael Siegel announces that the CDC wins the 2016 lie of the year award from an esteemed group of nominees.
Today, I am pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 Lie of the Year Award. This award is given to the health agency or organization which has lied most egregiously to the public about smoking and/or vaping in 2016.
The nominees were: the American Thoracic Society, the University of Louisville, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, the Arizona Department of Health Services, the Surgeon General of the United States, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the Alaska Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The 2016 Lie of the Year Award goes to …
… the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Here is the award-winning entry:
Claim: There was no decline in youth tobacco use between 2011 and 2015.
The Truth: There was a substantial decline in youth tobacco use between 2011 and 2015. Vaping is not a form of tobacco use, so it should not be included in the figure reported by CDC.