E-cigarettes are a public health threat

Current surgeon general Dr. Vivek Murthy oversaw the first ever government report on the health impact of e-cigarette/vaping use among young people, and the results were not promising.

According to Sward, over half of e-cigarette users still smoke regular cigarettes.

Further steps should also be taken to end enticing youth to nicotine use through the marketing of flavored tobacco and nicotine products, which are the dominant starter products for youth and prominently featured in e-cigarettes.

Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which can cause addiction and harm to the developing adolescent brain, the report said.

Researchers say nicotine can affect brain development in children.

E-Cigarettes are already common to teens.

Among the 298-page report findings are: among middle and high school students, e-cigarette use has more than tripled since 2011; among young adults 18-24 e-cigarette use more than doubled from 2013 to 2014.

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"My concern is e-cigarettes have the potential to create a whole new generation of kids who are addicted to nicotine", Murthy told The Associated Press.

Research shows that young people are more likely to try flavored e-cigarettes and believe they are less harmful than tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes.

On Tuesday, Marlboro maker Philip Morris International filed its first USA application to market an electronic tobacco product with a claim that it is less harmful than cigarettes.

"We know a great deal about what works to effectively prevent tobacco use among young people", the report said. "We're issuing this report to draw people's attention to the scale of the problem", said Murthy. The rule requires almost every e-cigarette on the market - and every different flavor and nicotine level - to submit a separate application for federal approval. "Now we must apply these strategies to e-cigarettes". Now 23, he made the switch from cigarettes to e-cigarettes.

Murthy also noted that health effects of heated and aerosolized e-cigarette liquids are not completely understood at this time. In May, the Food and Drug Administration released a rule that requires electronic cigarettes to be regulated much like tobacco cigarettes. This report is both a wake-up call and a call to action to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands and mouths of youth and young adults through counter-marketing and education. "This would be almost impossible to explain if electronic cigarettes were causing a substantial number of youths to start smoking", Siegel, who had not yet seen Thursday's report, said in an email. In fact, many of these students do not even use e-cigarettes as an alternative to regular cigarettes.

Dreyer hopes for new regulations around flavorings and packaging that might be especially appealing to children, though he is generally pleased with the FDA's progress. 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. It was reported just today by the Surgeon General that secondhand aerosol is not harmless. "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".

  • Myrtle Hill