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Surgeon General Undermines Harm Reduction by Pushing Anti-Vaping Policies and Propaganda

Surgeon General Undermines Harm Reduction by Pushing Anti-Vaping Policies and Propaganda

Until Holbrook restricted the sale of flavored tobacco and nicotine products to adult-only retailers, she said, a convenience store across the street from her school sold e-cigarettes.

As e-cigarrettes become more popular among teens and worries rise about a new generation that could become hooked on nicotine, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams laid out strategies to combat the crisis and took aim at Juul, which takes in more than 70 percent of sales. "The brain actually isn't done developing until the early to even mid-20s so even through age 25 our brain is still developing and any nicotine use can affect the brain development", said Thoman. "I think we should have more rules on it because I think there are more rules about smoking weed compared to vaping and I think more kids vape than smoke weed", said Burke High School sophomore, Jordan Reavis. According to the latest federal data, the percentage of high school age children reporting e-cigarette use in the past 30 days rose 75 percent from previous year. An estimated 3.6 million USA teens are now using e-cigarettes, representing 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle schoolers, according to the latest federal figures.

The devices first came onto the U.S. market around 2007.

With smoking still the leading cause of preventable death in America, cutting out cigarettes remains a worthwhile goal, said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

"These products also use nicotine salts, which allow particularly high levels of nicotine to be inhaled more easily and with less irritation than the free-base nicotine that has traditionally been used in tobacco products, including e-cigarettes", he added.

"E-cigarettes could help many American adults end their addiction to traditional cigarettes", he told reporters. "For the first time in over forty years, we've seen a doubling of the rate of use of a substance in just over a year".

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"We need to protect our kids from all tobacco products, including all shapes and sizes of e-cigarettes", Adams said. "This is an unprecedented challenge".

Officials say they are especially alarmed by the proportion of young people who don't realize that electronic cigarettes contain nicotine, which is a highly addictive drug.

More than 10.9 percent of 10th graders said they used e-cigarettes in the past year, the survey said.

"Less harm does not mean harmless".

"We know that nicotine exposure during adolescence can uniquely harm the developing adolescent brain, impacting learning, memory, and attention", said Adams.