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Rise in youth use of e-cigarettes is a major concern

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released information data from their 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey and the findings were startling. 

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In a media statement, American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown shared, “The findings confirm that e-cigarette use among youth continues to rise beyond the epidemic levels seen in recent years. With more than half (50.1%) of high school seniors having tried e-cigarettes and nearly a third (32.7%) reporting current use of these products, the need for robust Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation is more urgent than ever."

In addition to urging the FDA to act quickly to implement and enforce comprehensive tobacco control policies, the American Heart Association is also advocating for public policies at the state and local levels to prevent the next generation of kids from being addicted to e-cigarettes and nicotine. Some public policy efforts in the southeast include:  

  • Raise tobacco excise taxes, including e‐cigarettes and combustible tobacco products
  • Enact comprehensive smoke‐free workplace laws that include electronic cigarettes
  • Provide licensure standards for retailers of tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to ensure compliance with state laws regulating the sale of tobacco products and taxes are being collected
  • Restrict or eliminate the sale of flavored tobacco products including menthol and electronic cigarettes and remove penalties for purchase use and possession

We will need the help of You're the Cure advocates to advance polices for the tobacco endgame. Learn more at heart.org.

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