U.S. Surgeon General Declares E-cigarette Use Among Youth and Epidemic
Yesterday, U.S. Surgeon General Vice Adm. Jerome M. Adams held a press conference issuing an advisory stressing the importance of protecting children from a lifetime of nicotine addiction and associated health risks by immediately addressing the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use.
E-cigarette use among youth has skyrocketed in the past year at a rate of epidemic proportions. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration’s National Youth Tobacco Survey, the percentage of high school-age children reporting past 30-day use of e-cigarettes rose by more than 75 percent between 2017 and 2018. Use among middle school-age children also increased nearly 50 percent.
Data from National Institutes of Health’s Monitoring the Future survey also shows that America’s teens reported a dramatic increase in their use of e-cigarettes in just a single year, with 37.3 percent of 12th graders reporting use in the past 12 months, compared to 27.8 percent in 2017.
Read the Advisory.
Watch the Press Conference.
Listen to the Radio PSA.
Look at the New Graphic.
Pledge to keep our youth nicotine free. #SGPledge.
For more facts about the risk of e-cigarettes, and how to protect our youth, visit: e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov.
LINK to full advisory.