FDA Calls Youth E-Cigarette Use an Epidemic and Announces Steps to Curb Use

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Youth e-cigarette use in the United States is an epidemic, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Wednesday. He announced new steps the agency is taking to prevent youth vaping.

The FDA will stop sales of flavored e-cigarettes if major manufacturers cannot prove they are doing enough to keep them out of the hands of children and teens, USA Today reports. The agency is giving manufacturers 60 days to submit plans to prevent youth e-cigarette use. If the FDA does not approve the plans, it could order their products off the market.

In a statement, Gottlieb says, “Let me be clear that nicotine isn’t a benign substance. This is especially true when it comes to children, and the effects that nicotine has on a developing brain. That’s why we need a strong regulatory process that puts these new products through an appropriate series of regulatory gates.”

The Teen Vaping Trend – What Parents Need to Know

With the recent Monitoring the Future Study release indicating that nearly one in three 12th graders reported using a vaping device in the past year, it’s imperative that parents are informed of the potential dangers that can result from vaping.

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    Elizabeth Perotti

    December 27, 2018 at 11:04 PM

    I began smoking cigarretes when I was 19 and smoked for 45 years. I tried many times to quit cold turkey but as one article I read said, It was “hell.
    After 45 years I turned to e-cigarettes which I thought were a safer source of nicotine. I smoked them happily for 2 years until my doctor urged me to quit because he said nicotine in any form was harmful to my health. So I decided to try nicotine patches but doubted they would help. After 10 weeks of gradual withdrawal on the patches I quit!!! 47 years of harm to my body ended.
    Why isn’t use of nicotine patches discussed for ways to quit e-cigarretes for both kids and adults?
    I know that this isn’t going to help kids who think it’s cool to vape. My suggestion is to point out the negatives to smoking. “You are a drug addict. You may eventually, like other addicts, not be able to be financially able to keep up your habit. What will you do then? Steal money out of your Mom’s wallet? “
    Your clothes stink, your hair stinks, your breath stinks and you are not someone that a non-smoker wants as a friend or a date. Who will you take take to the prom, another stinky vaper?
    I wish you luck in your mission to reduce all drug use. Hope this information may be helpful.

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    Fr. Jack Kearney, M.Div., CATC IV, CATE

    September 13, 2018 at 9:27 PM

    By FDA logic 63% of 5th graders must be alcoholics since they have tasted alcohol. Is that an epidemic?
    Of course we want to prevent kids from vaping. It’s already illegal, and we have to enforce the law. Using junk science and “Reefer Madness” propaganda is not the answer. Threatening to take away the evidence-based use of flavors for adults doesn’t help either; this would pave the way for making a lot of kids orphans.

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