Surgeon General Report 2016 – E-Cigarette Use Among Youth & Young Adults
On December 8, 2016 Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General, released “E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults.” This is the first comprehensive federal government review of the public health impact of e-cigarettes on U.S. youth and young adults and comes amid alarming rates of youth and young adult use of e-cigarettes.
Key points from the report include:
- E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among youth. E-cigarette use is strongly associated with the use of other tobacco products among youth and young adults, including combustible tobacco products such as cigarettes.
- The use of products containing nicotine poses dangers to youth, pregnant women and fetuses. The use of products containing nicotine in any form among youth, including e-cigarettes, is unsafe.
- E-cigarette aerosol is not harmless. It can contain harmful and potentially harmful ingredients, including nicotine.
- E-cigarettes are marketed by promoting flavors and using a wide variety of media channels and approaches that have been used in the past for marketing conventional tobacco products to youth and young adults.
Calls to Action from the national, state and local levels include:
- Continuing to regulate e-cigarettes at the Federal level to protect public health,
- Raising and strongly enforcing minimum age-of-sale laws for all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes
- Incorporating e-cigarettes into smoke-free policies
- Regulating e-cigarette marketing
- Sponsoring high-impact media campaigns to educate the public on the harms of e-cigarettes among young people
- Expanding research efforts related to e-cigarettes
- In 2014, 5.2% of middle school students and 15.6% of high school students in Indiana reported current (past 30 day) use of e-cigarettes.
- E-cigarette use increased approximately four-fold among both middle and high school students between 2012 and 2014.
- About half (50.4%) of high school e-cigarette users and 37.9% of middle school e-cigarette users also report current cigarette use.
What you can do in the coming days and weeks:
- Share the SGR 2016 website, attached social media graphics, and other resources on social media channels and with school, parents, youth serving groups and other coalition members.
- Share this page, or Breathe In Wayne County social media posts.
- If you are a parent, talk to your kids about e-cigarettes.
Click to download the Fact Sheet and click here to go to the Surgeon General’s Executive Summary.
The full report can be found here