FDA declares teen vaping an epidemic

Adolescent use of e-cigarettes and vapes has increased over 50 percent since 2014. A lot of these devices are dangerous to the developing brain of teenagers. One of the most popular brand with teens is JUUL. One of the JUUL “pods” that are used in the device contain the same amount of nicotine as a full pack of cigarettes. They also come in pleasing flavors such as: fruit medley, mango, mint, and crem brûlée.

In September, the Food and Drug Administration declared that companies will have to stop sales of flavored electronic cigarettes if they can’t prove they are doing enough to keep them out of the hands of children and teenagers. They are giving companies like JUUL, Blu, MarkTen XL, and Logic 60 days to come out with their own solution to prevent teen vaping.

More than 2 million middle school, high school, and college students use the vapes that heat liquid based nicotine into an inhalable vapor. According to the “Youth Tobacco Survey,” 12 percent of high school students and 3 percent of middle school students have used an e-cigarette in the past 30 days.

The FDA will put anti-vaping posters in over 10,000 school bathrooms and on websites. “The Real Cost” campaign will target 10.7 million young people ages 12-17 who have either used e-cigarettes or maybe are wanting to try them.

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