The U.S. surgeon general on Tuesday issued a strong warning against e-cigarette use by young people, called it unsafe in any form and termed vaping an epidemic.
Two years after my predecessor sounded the alarm bells, youth e-cigarette use has skyrocketed — so much so today that I am officially declaring e-cigarette use among youth an epidemic in the United States, said U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, known as the nation’s doctor, at a news conference.
And I don’t want there to be any misconceptions about this. I don’t use that word, epidemic, which means a sudden increase about normally expected numbers, I do not use that word lightly, Adams said.
It’s a considerable sterner and more specific warning than the one Adams referenced from 2016, when the same federal office identified vaping as an emerging public health concern. Since then, studies have shown a sharp uptick among young people using the devices and companies that sell the liquid nicotine in flavors that appeal to teens.