E-cigarette use skyrockets to “epidemic levels”

August 24, 2019 - 7:52 am
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Youth e-cigarette use in the United States has skyrocketed to what the U.S. Surgeon General and the FDA have called “epidemic” levels, driven largely by Juul e-cigarettes. In 2018 alone, e-cigarette use among high school students rose by 78%, to 20.8% of students. 

Meredith Berkman is co-founder of Parents Against Vaping e-cigarettes and says “when kids say, ‘hey mom, everyone is doing it’, in this case it’s really true.  I mean, this is the most serious adolescent public health crisis that we’ve faced for decades."

The main cause of this epidemic is Juul, an e-cigarette that looks like a USB drive, comes in sweet flavors that entice kids and delivers massive doses of nicotine, according to Berkman.

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