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FDA considers regulatory action as vaping among US teens jumps 78% in a year

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 14 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l741
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, has said that his agency’s plan to wean US adults off combustible tobacco is threatened by an “exploding epidemic” of vaping among young people that could force the agency to restrict access to non-combustible products.

Data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey1 showed that overall use of tobacco products (including non-combustible products) increased by 38.3% among US high school students in 2018. About 4.9 million middle and high school students had used some type of tobacco product in the past 30 days, up from 3.6 million in 2017. This increase was driven entirely by e-cigarette use, as use of other tobacco products actually fell slightly.

Current e-cigarette use (in the past 30 days) increased from 6.6% to 10.4% among …

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