Teen vaping: Is it an epidemic?

Author(s):Julie Cullen

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today

I read an article in the New York Times the other day that says that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has declared teen use of electronic cigarettes to be at “epidemic proportions.” That sounds incredibly alarming, right? But it seems that the FDA is serious. In fact, it sent warning letters to over 1,000 retail stores and issued over 100 fines for selling e-cigarettes to underage teens (Federal law prohibits selling e-cigarettes to anyone under 18). The agency also told e-cigarette manufacturers that if they didn’t stop marketing to minors that their flavored products will be pulled from the market.

The FDA is also targeting their message to teens with the launch of its “The Real Cost” campaign. The goal of the campaign is to  increase teen awareness of e-cigarette hazards. The campaign’s website has a slightly creepy design that I imagine is intended to scare teens. It includes quick facts, videos, and games to help engage the user. What I like best about this site is its focus on pointing out that users may think vaping is safer than smoking but that it has many real dangers that can affect immediate and long-term health.

FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb says that he believes e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems can be effective options for adults who want to stop smoking, but that teen vaping is a concern because the developing adolescent brain is particularly vulnerable to addiction.

 

 

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. Hi James, do you think you could post the link to that power point when it is finished? I would love to see your research. I am a teen as well and am very interested in the psychological affects of vaping, for I have a friend who has drastically changed as a person since they have started vaping. Thanks so much.

  2. As a teen myself, I’m interesting in the psychological effect of vaping on teens and young adults, for my final project I have to create and present a power point on a Social Issue and the one I choose was the teen vaping epidemic

  3. I am a teen myself, but I don’t partake in these actions. I know what they do to your body, and I try to encourage other teens to quit, but it fails most of the time. I have been pressured to do it more than once, but I will always decline no matter what.

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