Washington, D.C., December 18, 2018 Today, the U.S. Surgeon General declared vaping has become an 'epidemic' among youths. American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement: 

"That the U.S. Surgeon General is calling teen vaping an ‘epidemic’ should seize the attention of elected officials and the community of organizations working to protect the health of our nation’s children. We commend Surgeon General Adams, Commissioner Gottlieb and Secretary Azar for marshalling parents, educators, health providers and communities to apply proven methods to overcome the epidemic of e-cigarette use.

"But more must be done in the face of rapidly rising e-cigarette use among youth. The FDA’s recent announcement that it plans to restrict marketing and sales of flavored tobacco products must be followed by immediate, concrete action that sends an unmistakable message that the tobacco industry’s relentless targeting of our nation’s children will no longer be tolerated.”


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