U.S. surgeon general claims e-cigarettes harmful for young people

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ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND — The U.S. surgeon general is calling for action on the use of e-cigarettes among young people, and has released a report emphasizing its harmful effects.

E-cigarettes have been touted as a healthier alternative to regular smoking, which produce tar and carbon monoxide through burning.

However, according to a report released by U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, it is now the most commonly used form of smoking among youth. A 900% increase has been reported among middle and high school students between 2011 and 2015.

But e-cigarettes still contain the drug nicotine, which when exposed to developing teen brains, makes them more susceptible to addiction, mood disorders, and lower impulse control.

Some claim e-cigarettes are a gateway to other tobacco products, with some evidence suggesting it may be linked to alcohol and drug use as well.

Secondhand aerosol released into the air during vaping also has been found to contain potentially harmful, cancer-causing chemicals.

The FDA already restricted the sale of vaping devices to minors under 18 in August, but Murthy believes further action is necessary. Murthy is calling for the inclusion of e-cigarettes in smoking bans, increases in taxes and price, and regulation of marketing practices that mostly target the youth.


RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. E-cigarettes are the healthier alternative to smoking
2. Increase in young people’s use of e-cigarettes
3. E-cigarettes contain nicotine, which can affect developing teen brains
4. Vaping as gateway to other tobacco products, alcohol, drugs
5. Harmful chemicals in secondhand aerosol

VOICEOVER (in English):

“E-cigarettes have been touted as a healthier alternative to regular smoking, which produce tar and carbon monoxide through burning.”

“It is now the most commonly used form of smoking among youth. A 900% increase was reported among middle and high school students between 2011 and 2015.”

“But e-cigarettes still contain the drug nicotine. When developing teen brains are exposed to it, they are more susceptible to addiction, mood disorders, and lower impulse control.”

“Some claim e-cigarettes are a gateway to the other tobacco products, with some evidence suggesting it may be linked to alcohol and drug use as well.”

“Secondhand aerosol released into the air during vaping has also been found to contain potentially harmful, cancer-causing chemicals.”


SOURCES:
US Surgeon General, CNN, NBC, Reuters
http://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/2016_SGR_Full_Report_non-508.pdf
https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/default.htm
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/12/08/health/surgeon-general-report-on-e-cigarettes/
http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/e-cigarettes-aren-t-safe-remain-dangerous-children-surgeon-general-n6935764
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-ecigarettes-usa-idUSKBN13X0BM