The U.S. surgeon general said in a new report released this week that e-cigarette use among teens and young adults is “now a major public health concern.”
“It’s essential that we address the alarming rate at which young people are using these new tobacco products,” Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said.
E-cigarette use has increased considerably in recent years, growing to 900 percent among high school students from 2011 to 2015, according to the report.
The report found much of the popularity was due to the fact there were so many different flavors available. More than 9 of 10 young adult e-cigarette users said they use e-cigarettes flavored to taste like menthol, alcohol, candy, fruit, chocolate, or other sweets. More than 8 of 10 youth ages 12-17 who use e-cigarettes said they use flavored e-cigarettes.
The surgeon general offered up several recommendations to curb e-cigarette use among young people, including asking educators and health care providers to increase their efforts in raising awareness about the harms of e-cigarettes.
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