A new report (PDF) from U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy is calling e-cigarette use among young people a “major health concern,” adding to a heated debate over whether the practice is safer than traditional cigarette smoking.
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What’s the Problem?
January 16, 2017 – The Surgeon General’s report found that e-cigarette or “vape” use among U.S. high school students has jumped 900% since 2011, as vape shops have become widespread.
The report also described in scientific terms how young people with developing brains are sensitive to nicotine, a substance that is highly addictive, and criticized the e-cigarette industry for marketing to teens with candy-flavored vape juice.
What it does not do — because not enough time has passed for comprehensive studies to be completed — is say for certain whether vapes are replacing traditional cigarettes for teens or simply getting more of them hooked on nicotine.
But waiting for the data could be a mistake if you’re worried about a nicotine-addicted kid, according to the report.
“We have a narrow window to act to implement proven policies that can prevent adolescent use,” said Erika Seward, assistant vice president for advocacy for the American Lung Association (ALA), which hailed the surgeon general’s report. “We can’t let that window close.”
With their massive popularity, vapes have surpassed traditional cigarettes as the most commonly-used tobacco product among teenagers and young adults in the U.S. Surgeon General Murthy notes that “e-cigarette use is strongly associated with the use of other tobacco products among youth and young adults, including combustible tobacco products.”
However, “associated” means the causation can run in either direction. If vape users are also more likely to have used regular cigarettes, it could mean they used vapes to quit smoking or it could mean e-cigarettes were a gateway to traditional smoking. In fact, the two sides have argued it both ways. Go figure.
Do I Have an E-Cigarette Lawsuit?
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