Surgeon General's Advisory on E-cigarette Use Among Youth

PUBLISHED: Jan 11, 2019
Relevant to: All Healthcare Organizations

The Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service, VADM Jerome Adams, has issued an advisory emphasizing the importance of protecting children from a lifetime of nicotine addiction and associated health risks by immediately addressing the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use. A great concern is the recent surge in e-cigarette use among youth, which has been fueled by new types of e-cigarettes that have recently entered the market.

According to the Surgeon General’s Advisory, E-cigarette use has become an epidemic among our nation’s young people. However, the strategies to effectively protect children from all forms of tobacco product use, including e-cigarettes are well known and established. We must now apply these strategies to e-cigarettes, including USB flash drive shaped products such as JUUL.

To achieve success, the Surgeon General is encouraging the alignment and coordination of effort across both old and new partners at the national, state, and local levels. Everyone can play an important role in protecting our nation’s youth from the risks of e-cigarettes. Everyone has an important role to play in addressing this public health epidemic. The Advisory lists specific recommendations for clinicians including:

  • Learn about the different shapes and types of e-cigarettes and the risks of all forms of e-cigarette use, including JUUL, for young people. (see: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/)
  • Ask about e-cigarettes, including small, discreet devices such as JUUL, when screening patients for the use of any tobacco products.
  • Educate patients about the risks of all forms of tobacco product use, including e-cigarettes, for young people.
  • Encourage patients to quit. For free help, patients can visit smokefree.gov or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

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