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The US Surgeon General warned sternly against youth e-cigarette use on Tuesday, warning that the 'vaping epidemic' is dangerous to adolescents' health and could lead them down the path to nicotine and cigarette addiction.
His announcement follows new data yesterday revealing that rates of teen vaping have doubled in the past year.
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Surgeon General Jerome Adams took aim at the best-selling electronic cigarette brand in the US, urging swift action to prevent Juul and similar vaping brands from addicting millions of teenagers.
Adams's advisory urged that parents, teachers, health professionals and government officials must take 'aggressive steps' to keep children from using e-cigarettes. Federal law bars the sale of e-cigarettes to those under 18.
People - Health - Effects - Adams - Interview
For young people, 'nicotine is dangerous and it can have negative health effects,' Adams said in an interview with the Associated Press.
'It can impact learning, attention and memory, and it can prime the youth brain for addiction.'
Officials - Explosion - Health - Officials - Decades
Federal officials are scrambling to reverse a recent explosion in teen vaping that public health officials fear could undermine decades of declines in tobacco use.
An estimated 3.6 million US teens are now using e-cigarettes, representing one in 5 high school students and one in 20 middle schoolers, according to the latest federal figures.
Separate - Survey - Results - Monday - School
Separate survey results released Monday showed twice as many high school students used e-cigarettes this year compared to last year.
E-cigarettes and other vaping devices have been sold in the US since 2007, growing into a $6.6 billion business. Most devices heat a flavored nicotine solution into an inhalable vapor.
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