Top US doctor urges 'aggressive' steps against e-cigarettes

21 December, 2018, 17:17 | Author: Denise Dawson
  • Vaping devices

In an advisory December 18, Surgeon General Jerome Adams said parents, teachers, health professionals, and government officials must take "aggressive steps" to keep children from using e-cigarettes.

Adams, the government's top doctor, issued an advisory on Tuesday stressing the importance of protecting children from nicotine addiction and the health risks associated with e-cigarettes.

The CDC says that nicotine can harm the brain development of young people.

The top United States doctor on Tuesday (Dec 18) called for "aggressive" action against e-cigarette use, which he said has exploded to epidemic proportions among youth and puts their health and brain development at risk.

"We need to protect our kids from all tobacco products, including all shapes and sizes of e-cigarettes", Adams said in a news release.

The latest federal figures show that 3.6 million teens use e-cigarettes, which works out to 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students, the AP reported.

In all, more than 3.6 million U.S. youth, including one in 20 middle school students, use e-cigarettes. "We are committed to preventing youth access of JUUL products".

Jerome Adams
Jerome Adams the US surgeon general Credit AP

He added: "E-cigarette aerosol is not harmless". Even more worrisome, a growing body of research suggests that teens who vape are more likely to try regular cigarettes.

According to a spokesperson with Albuquerque Public Schools, the district bans e-cigarettes but they're updating their policy to cover all of the bases. Analysts now estimate the company controls more than 75 percent of the USA e-cigarette market.

"We included e-cigarettes and vaping devices in the policy because nicotine in any form is highly addictive", said Cerri Banks, dean of students at the college.

The surgeon general's advisory notes that each Juul cartridge, or pod, contains as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes.

"JUUL Labs shares a common goal with the Surgeon General and other federal health regulators - preventing youth from initiating on nicotine", according to a statement from Victoria Davis, a Juul spokesperson.

Last month, Juul shut down its Facebook and Instagram accounts and halted in-store sales of its flavored pods.

Omaha high school students say they don't have to look far to see it, "we mostly see it in the bathrooms. lunchrooms, if a teacher is away we'll see it there", said Burke High School sophomore, Anna Anthony". The flavors remain available via age-restricted online sales. And local authorities should use strategies, such as bans on indoor vaping and retail restrictions, to discourage vaping by young people.

Federal judge strikes down Obamacare as unconstitutional, Trump praises decision
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill signed Indiana onto the lawsuit. "Pending the appeal process, the law remains in place". The rest of the law can not be separated from that provision and is therefore invalid, he wrote.

U.S. envoy on North Korea visits border village amid stalemate
The criticism added new tension to a South Korea visit by the U.S.'s North Korea envoy, Stephen Biegun. The North has yet to respond to Biegun's comments.

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg 'committed' to protecting users' civil rights
The records further revealed that facebook permitted Amazon to obtain users' names and contact information through their friends. District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine filed the lawsuit on Wednesday, said the Washington Post .



Michelle Obama Says 'Bye Felicia' to Trump Inauguration
President Donald Trump had just been inaugurated and the Obamas' time in the White House had come to an end. This is after the Trump inauguration just waving from Air Force One", said host Jimmy Fallon to Mrs.

New Marvel's Spider-Man Update Includes Sam Raimi Suit
You might've assumed this would happen in a Star Trek movie but friends and neighbors, it did not. Adi Granov has also done the art work of the three DLCs of " The City That Never Sleeps " pack.

Shaqiri on Liverpool success: Everything due to Klopp
Nuno also spoke of his admiration for Klopp, whose Liverpool side can go four points clear of title rivals Manchester City with a win at Molineux.

Chris Hemsworth Reveals First Trailer for 'Men In Black International'
The film was written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway and is ultimately based on the Malibu Comic by Lowell Cunningham. Welcome to #TRAILERCHEST , where we're taking a sneak peek at the brand new trailer for Men In Black International .

Canadian companies targeted in extensive hack by China: U.S
China targeted a "who's who" of American businesses, Wray said, though he did not name specific companies. The US space agency NASA was also targeted as was the US Navy and Department of Energy.

Priyanka and Nick look elegantly classy at their reception
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas's big fat wedding took place earlier this month at the opulent Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur . It has really been a special chapter in my life and I wanted my husband to meet all the people who have contributed to it.

Trump Touts Beauty of Border Wall
A person familiar with negotiations tells The Associated Press that the White House would prefer a longer-term package. Because of the political gridlock, the Senate has only been able to approve a seven-week extension of existing funds.

Shocking GIF shows how Saturn will eventually devour its famous rings
We obviously won't be around when Saturn's rings are gone completely, so we'll wave goodbye to the sky now. Various theories have been proposed for the origin of Saturn's rings.

Coulter Rages Against Trump Softening On Wall: He'll Have 'No Legacy Whatsoever'
He's not the first person to suggest that the border wall be built with private funds. A 107 mm rocket shell exploded about three feet away from him, sending him airborne.

World markets rise ahead of Fed's rate decision
The Standard & Poor's 500-stock index and the tech-laden Nasdaq composite also dropped 2.1 and 2.3 percent respectively. Stocks showed wild swings over the course of the trading session on Monday before ending the day substantially lower.