Surgeon General Slams E-Cigarettes

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Surgeon General Slams E-Cigarettes


A report from Surgeon General Vivek Murphy raised alarm that e-cigarettes are now more popular than conventional tobacco products among young Americans. Use of e-cigarettes among U.S. middle school students rose from 0.6 percent in 2011 to 5.3 percent in 2015, according to federal statistics.

The Surgeon General’s report predicted a slew of potential negative consequences, including “addiction, priming for use of other addictive substances, reduced impulse control, deficits in attention and cognition, and mood disorders.” Vivek called for e-cigarettes to be treated the same as tobacco in policies like taxing, restricting access by youth, regulation of marketing and use restrictions.