If you like your E cigarettes then we have some bad news for you. The US Surgeon General has called on the government to take action to reduce the use of e cigarettes among youth.
This is said to be the first comprehensive public report on the use and effects of E cigarettes.
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Popularly known as vaping, the Surgeon General says that the practice has become little more than a gateway to real tobacco consumption among youths. Maybe this is because so many celebrities can be seen in public using vaporizers instead of the real thing.
But do they do this to quit smoking or just when they are in areas where smoking is prohibited. And more and more people are said to be using E cigarettes for their first smoke because they erroneously believe that it is not bad for your health.
In a press release U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy stated, “All Americans need to know that e-cigarettes are dangerous to youth and young adults. Any tobacco use, including e-cigarettes, is a health threat, particularly to young people.”
“We need parents, teachers, health care providers and other influencers to help make it clear that e-cigarettes contain harmful chemicals and are not okay for kids to use, ” Dr. Murthy added.
The report states, “Tobacco use among youth and young adults in any form, including e-cigarettes, is not safe. In recent years, e-cigarette use by youth and young adults has increased at an alarming rate. E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among youth in the United States.”
The report accuses tobacco companies of using vapor products to promote smoking, not reduce it, and are targeting youth.
The report further states, “E-cigarettes are tobacco products that deliver nicotine. Nicotine is a highly addictive substance, and many of today’s youth who are using e-cigarettes could become tomorrow’s cigarette smokers. Nicotine exposure can also harm brain development in ways that may affect the health and mental health of our kids.
A group of five major medical health organizations including the America Medical Association and the American College of Physicians released a joint statement applauding the report.
“As leading medical organizations representing, collectively, 630, 000 physicians across the country, we join together today to applaud Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, for issuing the first comprehensive federal government review of the public health impact of e-cigarettes on youth and young adults in the United States, ” read the statement.
“We agree with the Surgeon General’s report that a physician’s office is an ideal place to educate patients about the risks of use and exposure to e-cigarettes and other tobacco products. We call on our physician members to counsel parents and caregivers who smoke about the risks of e-cigarette use and secondhand smoke exposure, urge them not to use any tobacco products around children, and encourage them to quit.
“We also call on our physician members to provide advice to all children and adolescents on the dangers of tobacco use before they experiment with smoking, and to discuss the poisoning risks associated with the liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes, which is highly potent, extremely toxic, and is marketed in appealing flavors like gummy bear and cotton candy.”
Read the entire Surgeon General’s report on E cigarettes and vaping here.