Number of Kids Using E-Cigarettes Is an Epidemic, Says FDA

One in 11 US teens use ‘cannabis in e-cigarettes’

The Food and Drug Administration launched an ad campaign Tuesday aimed at scaring teenagers away from vaping using snark and special effects. But FDA officials say the liquids still meet the statutory definition for a tobacco product. The agency will use geo-fencing, which allows marketers to reach people within specific locations, to reach populations around middle and high schools.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb stated in a release the agency is now developing a survey to determine what percentage of youth vapers are using Juul products to help weigh the benefits to adult smokers versus the risks of youth using them.

Gottlieb stated while the five dominant e-cigarette manufacturers are the current focus, the policy reconsiderations will apply to all product sales.

Additionally, during a June through August nationwide search, 1,300 warning letters and fines were sent to retailers who illegally sold e-cigarette products to minors.

"We're in possession of data that shows a disturbingly sharp rise in the number of teens using e-cigarettes in just the previous year", FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said.

The "hard-hitting" advertising, which will detail the unsafe chemicals that e-cigarettes can contain, will also appear on social media and websites that are popular with teens, including YouTube, Pandora and Instagram.

Regardless, the researchers concluded that the survey showed pot use in e-cigs is as popular - or perhaps more popular - than believed. Another, which shows young people's mouths replaced by devices, emphasizes how nicotine reprograms the brain to crave more.

Vaping was conceived as a way to help adult smokers quit by providing a nicotine fix without the carcinogenic properties of smoking.

"Although using cannabis through an e-cigarette or in edibles does not have the same risks of smoking it, there are still health risks", Trivers said by email.

Among tobacco users of all ages surveyed, 45 per cent of daily smokers and 40 per cent of occasional smokers reported also using e-cigarettes.

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A school-based survey shows almost 1 in 11 US students have used marijuana in electronic cigarettes, heightening health concerns about the new popularity of vaping among teens.

Hailey Boyce suffered severe injuries when an e-cigarette device exploded while she was vaping on Mothers' Day weekend of 2016.

A group of harm reduction experts argued on Friday that, for smokers in developing countries, the price of vapour products is a human rights issue. "And we're committed", said executive Ashley Gould.

Kids who use e-cigarettes are more likely to try traditional cigarettes, Gottlieb says.

More: To juul or not to juul? Gottleib, basing his comments on federal figures that will be made public in coming months, said, "We didn't foresee the extent of what's now become one of our biggest challenges".

Vapes and e-cigarettes may be a solid way for smokers to kick their habit, but many Canadians are anxious that their prevalence could also be putting more people onto nicotine.

Products introduced after that date must be subjected to a rigorous scientific review process before they are approved. "It belongs to he U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and aims at promoting and protecting public health through the regulation and the supervision of various products among which tobacco products since 2009".

While Juul certainly isn't the only e-cigarette on the market, it is a top-seller and has gotten a lot of recent attention from people suing the makers due to claims that the Juul pods are "too addictive."

The new ad campaign is funded by user fees collected from the tobacco industry - not taxpayers, FDA said. But a year ago Gottlieb delayed the deadline until 2022, saying both the agency and industry needed more time to prepare.



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