Today U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued an Advisory on E-cigarette Use Among Youth at a press conference in Washington, D.C. The advisory, prompted by recent skyrocketing rates of e-cigarette use by our nation’s youth, will alert parents, teachers and health professionals about new types of e-cigarettes and the negative health consequences of youth use of these products.
E-cigarette use has recently surged among youth, fueled by new e-cigarette types that look like a USB flash drive and other shapes. One of the most commonly sold USB flash drive shaped e-cigarettes is JUUL, and other companies are now starting to sell e-cigarettes that look like USB flash drives. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which can harm the developing adolescent brain.
The Surgeon General urges immediate action to protect our nation’s young people from the addiction to nicotine. The advisory encourages many different stakeholders to take action to protect our nation’s youth from this health risk, including parents, teachers, health professionals, and states, communities, tribes, and territories.