Calgary campaign calls for more rigid regulations on vaping and e-cigarettes

Alicia Farmer
February 14, 2019

CDC Director Robert Redfield said the "skyrocketing" growth of young people's e-cigarette use over the past year threatens to erase progress made in reducing youth tobacco use.

The CDC said e-cigarette use among high school students who use tobacco products increased from 11.7 percent to 20.8 percent from 2017 to 2018 and from 3.3 percent to 4.9 percent among middle school students.

"People skip class to vape", said Grade 10 student Sophie Verbake.

Second-year University of Calgary health sciences student Devin Aggarwal said youth vaping has been linked to higher smoking rates of tobacco cigarettes. "Indeed, if anything, the evidence to date indicates that e-cigarettes could increase the number of kids who smoke cigarettes".

"We'll continue to take steps to try to investigate the root causes of this spike in youth e-cigarette use and arrest the momentum of these trends, in particular, by ensuring these products are sold in ways that make them less accessible and appealing to youth", he stated.

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Further, among current tobacco product users, almost 2 in 5 high school students and 1 in 3 middle school students reportedly use more than one tobacco products. But with the introduction of e-cigarettes, the trend of nicotine uptake is not likely to slow down in the coming years. In 2018, the CDC said there was an increase in tobacco use, prompted by e-cigarettes, by 4.9 million teenagers.

E-cigarette use increased to almost 21 percent among high schoolers and 5 percent among middle schoolers in 2018, up from about 12 percent and 3 percent in 2017, respectively. In the past, Gottlieb has said that he would consider halting sales of e-cigarettes while companies go through the FDA review. Aside from e-cigarettes, the data show no change in the use of other tobacco products, including cigarettes.

In a press statement, Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, expressed plans to create strong interventions as he fears that the youth trends will continue in 2019. Minister Ginette Taylor is proposing a ban on billboards and other outdoor ads for reduced-risk products, as well as a prohibition on advertising in any space where youths are allowed.

"JUUL entered the USA market in 2015 and since December 2017 has held the greatest market share of any e-cigarette in the United States".

You must already be at least 21 years old to purchase tobacco products in the Garden State, which also prohibits smoking in public places, including (as of last month) parks and beaches. The rise has been so significant that it has wiped out any progress in declining youth tobacco use in recent years, according to a report published Monday. He also noted that federal law prohibits states from regulating tobacco product transport by truck, which could conflict with the proposal, as drafted. The figure dropped to 21.7% of Hispanics and was down to 18.4% of non-Hispanic other race.

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