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Pediatricians Call For Major New Effort To Discourage Kids And Teens From Using E-Cigarettes.

The CBS News (1/28, Morgan) website reports that on Jan. 28, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) “called…for a major new effort to discourage children and teenagers from using e-cigarettes.” CBS News adds, “According to AAP data, last year 20 percent of high school students, and five percent of middle school students, used e-cigarettes; that is a 75 percent jump overall since 2017.” The AAP commented, “The increasing use of e-cigarettes among youth threatens five decades of public health gains.”

HealthDay (1/28, Preidt) reports the AAP statement, which is published online in Pediatrics, “calls on the US Food and Drug Administration to immediately ban sale of e-cigarettes to people under age 21; prohibit online sale of vaping devices and solution; ban certain flavors including menthol, and ban ads and promotions that can reach youth.” In addition, the statement “urges pediatricians to screen youth for e-cigarette use and warn them about the health risks.”

For information on the ADA’s advocacy efforts on tobacco, visit ADA.org/tobacco.

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