Surgeon General calls youth vaping a public health threat

Surgeon General calls youth vaping a public health threat”

American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the Surgeon General's report, "E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults".

According to Sward, over half of e-cigarette users still smoke regular cigarettes. The new regulations require people to prove they are 18 in order to buy e-cigarettes and require companies to disclose the ingredients in the vapor, and warn consumers if they contain nicotine.

The Surgeon General's report notes older adults are more likely to report using e-cigarettes to wean themselves off conventional cigarettes. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says e-cigs hurt developing brains by affecting the capacity for attention and learning.

Federal figures show that a year ago, 16 percent of high school students reported at least some use of e-cigarettes - even some who say they've never smoked a conventional cigarette.

Murthy says he worries that e-cigarettes "have the potential to create a whole new generation of kids who are addicted to nicotine".

Murthy's report calls on parents and health workers to make concerns about e-cigarettes clear to young people. While traditional tobacco products have always been barred from appearing on TV or billboards, e-cigs are free to advertise as they please.

Yet nicotine can damage the developing teen brain while leading to addiction. Almost 7 out of 10 middle and high schoolers reported seeing ads for vaping products, Murthy said, likely citing identical data from the CDC.

Manufacturers of e-cigarettes are not now required to report marketing expenditures to any regulatory agency.

This report directly illustrates that kids are vaping at distressingly high rates, and some research highlighted even shows a connection between e-cigarettes and future cigarette smoking. Namely, it suggests that e-cigarettes be included in smoke-free policies as well as restricting youth access to e-cigarettes in retail settings, licensing retailers, and establishing specific package requirements.

The Food and Drug Administration tightened regulations on e-cigarettes earlier this year, as we have reported.

Back in April, CDC estimated that almost 2.4 million high schoolers and about 620,000 middle school students were using e-cigs at least once a month.

He said vaping helped him wean off cigarettes. This report will serve as an important tool in Truth Initiative's arsenal to accomplish our mission: to achieve a culture where all youth and young adults reject tobacco in all forms. Finally, the report recommended implementation of FDA regulatory authority over the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of e-cigarettes, beyond what has been done already. "An industry without regulation is really not an industry", said Story, who said his industry has been pushing for "age verification, GMP standards, and obviously all the products being tested and complying with the regulatory limits that have been set".

"This is a call for us to talk to every child about the dangers of vaping".

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