Surgeon General Calls for Reversing the ‘Epidemic’ of Youth Vaping in Rare Advisory

Surgeon General Calls for Reversing the ‘Epidemic’ of Youth Vaping in Rare Advisory (time.com)

[Time, 12/18/18]  With teen vaping rates at an all-time high, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams took the rare step Tuesday of issuing a public health advisory to address the “epidemic” of youth e-cigarette use, and propose prevention strategies ranging from better education to legal restrictions on the products’ use.

“The recent surge in e-cigarette use among youth, which has been fueled by new types of e-cigarettes that have recently entered the market, is a cause for great concern,” Adams said in the advisory. “We must take action now to protect the health of our nation’s young people.”

E-cigarettes, which are legally available only to those older than 18, create an aerosol by heating a reservoir of typically nicotine-packed liquid. The full health impact of their use is not clear, but research has shown that they put young people at risk of nicotine addiction and use of other tobacco products, making them a source of concern for public health officials and lawmakers alike — especially since their use is soaring among teenagers……….

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