surgeon general says e-cigarettes are a public health threat
to youth. In a new report, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy lists
the dangers of e-cigarettes, and outlines strategies to help
combat the problem of tobacco use among the nation’s youth.
says tobacco use is not safe in any form, including
e-cigarettes. He adds that the rate of vaping among youth has
increased at an alarming rate, and e-cigarettes may introduce
young people to other tobacco products, possibly making them
lifetime tobacco users.
Clinic’s Dr. J. Taylor Hays agrees with the surgeon general’s
report. He says, "E-cigarette use among high school
students has dramatically increased. Since we started tracking
use in 2011, the percent of students who have used
e-cigarettes in the past month has increased almost four-fold.
This is a dangerous trend, because we do not know the
long-term health risks of e-cigarette use, and do not
understand the implications that increased youth uptake of
e-cigarettes will have on public health. The U.S. surgeon
general correctly points out that, "Your kids are not an
adds, "While there is little doubt that, for adults who
smoke, the use of e-cigarettes is less harmful than continuing
to smoke combustible tobacco cigarettes, the danger for youth
is entirely unknown. We may be setting ourselves up for
another generation addicted to nicotine and, worse, youth who
use e-cigarettes may transition to tobacco cigarettes. It
would be tragic if another generation of Americans had to deal
with a new tobacco epidemic. Parents, teachers, policy makers
and health care providers should do all they can to raise this
generation of children as a tobacco-free and nicotine-free
for reducing e-cigarette use outlined in the report include:
tobacco control programs at levels recommended by the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
price of tobacco products
and enforcing smoke-free laws
the dangers of e-cigarette use among youth are unknown, the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tightened regulations
of all tobacco products. The regulations, which went into
effect earlier in 2016, include:
photo ID at purchase.
uncovered tobacco products in certain vending machines.
distribution of free samples.
says the regulations protect consumers and stop preventable
tobacco-related disease and death. Experts in the Mayo Clinic
Nicotine Dependence Center encourage people to avoid all
tobacco products. If you’re trying to quit using tobacco
products, these tips may help:
nicotine replacement therapy.
triggers or situations where you tend to light up.
smoking: Wait at least 10 minutes before giving in to a
fool yourself to think you’ll have just one.
kicking the nicotine habit, call the CDC hotline at