Teen Never-Smokers Notice Advertising

Posted 1st June 2017 by Dave Cross
In their quest to find more things they can relate between children and vaping, the University of California’s John Pierce PhD leads an extensive team to look at whether teens who do not and have never smoked notice ecig adverts. Pierce has form for producing investigations into vaping that produce conclusions baring little relation to real world facts.

Many of his recent pieces of work are hidden away behind paywalls, ready to be cited by anti tobacco harm reduction activists but beyond the reach of most vapers or academics who would simply like to view the papers. Misspelt papers like “Modeling the Effects of E-cigarettes on Smoking Behaviour” are locked away from prying eyes.

A clear indication of the kind of work Pierce produces can be gleamed from viewing the abstract of “E-cigarette use and smoking reduction or cessation in the 2010/2011 TUS-CPS longitudinal cohort”. The team he was a part of writes: “Among early adopters, ever-use of first generation e-cigarettes to aid quitting cigarette smoking was not associated with improved cessation or with reduced consumption, even among heavier smokers.” The conclusion runs contrary to the experience of every single vaper – and the findings that over half of the UK’s vapers have totally quit smoking.

So, inReceptivity to Tobacco Advertising and Susceptibility to Tobacco Products”, is it any wonder that the nineteen team members managed to find out that (shockingly) never-smoking teens notice electronic cigarette adverts more than any other type of teen.

The team began with the erroneous assumption that “non–cigarette tobacco marketing is less regulated and may promote cigarette smoking among adolescents.” If ecig adverts promote cigarette smoking then why has there been a decline in both the rates of American teen smoking and vaping? Also, if this marketing is so successful then why is it that vaping is almost exclusively restricted to teens who smoked? People like Pierce care little for such flotsam, who needs to refer to actual facts when you can use statistics to try to whip up a good media frenzy.

Their results claim to show: “41% of 12 to 13 year olds and half of older adolescents were receptive to at least 1 tobacco advertisement. Across each age group, receptivity to advertising was highest for e-cigarettes (28%–33%) followed by cigarettes (22%–25%), smokeless tobacco (15%–21%), and cigars (8%–13%). E-cigarette ads shown on television had the highest recall.”


They concluded: “A large proportion of US adolescent never tobacco users are receptive to tobacco advertising, with television advertising for e-cigarettes having the highest recall. Receptivity to advertising for each non–cigarette tobacco product was associated with susceptibility to smoke cigarettes.”

Some may wonder why the authors think they have no potential conflicts of interest to disclose?

 Dave Cross
Article by Dave Cross
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