A report released Thursday by U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy states that more research is needed to fully understand the health effects of vapor products, and that their increased use among young people is “a major public health concern.”
Murthy says that while more research is necessary, policymakers should act now and take steps to protect the country’s youth from being exposed to vaping and has laid claim that the use of e-cigarettes among adolescents has skyrocketed and surpassed the use of conventional cigarettes in 2014, according to The Washington Post.
“We know enough right now to say that youth and young adults should not be using e-cigarettes or any other tobacco product, for that matter,” Murthy said in an interview. “The key bottom line here is that the science tells us the use of nicotine-containing products by youth, including e-cigarettes, is unsafe.”
Vape devices are currently the most commonly used tobacco product among teens and adolescents, and in the past five years the number of middle school and high school students that have reported using e-cigarettes has tripled, The Washington Post reports.
The long-term health effects of vaping are yet to be seen, since the products have only been commercially available since around 2007, which is of particular concern to public health officials.
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