The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) pointed its finger directly at the federal government while speaking out against teen vaping.
The association’s words were loud and straight to the point: More needs to be accomplished.
“Dedicated to the health of all children,” AAP officials warned the recent spike in teen vaping “threatens five decades of public health gains,” according to CBS News.
Calling for a more aggressive federal effort, the AAP on Jan. 28 released data that indicated a 75-percent rise in vaping by teens over the past year. It also calculated 20 percent of high schoolers and five percent of middle schoolers experienced e-cigarettes.
To spur action, the AAP announced some of its philosophies it would like to see develop into policy, including a ban of online transactions and raising the legal sales age to 21 years old.
Backing up the AAP during an appearance on “CBS This Morning,” Dr. Tara Narula said 3.6 million pre-teens and teens vape and could fall into an age-old trap.
“It is a gateway to traditional cigarette use,” Narula said.
While a plethora of recent studies have been consistent in concluding e-cigarettes are far less risky than traditional cigarettes, Narula said it goes beyond “the harms of the e-cigarettes.”
“Let’s start with just nicotine itself,” she continued. “We know that nicotine is extremely addictive. The amount of nicotine that kids are getting from e-cigarettes may be much more than they would get from traditional cigarettes. In fact, one of these pods has as much nicotine as a whole pack of cigarettes.”
Narula cited ultrafine particles, which are produced via vaping, as being potentially harmful to an individual’s lungs. , Narula also warned parents and potential customers that “fruity” flavors often favored by minors contain carcinogens and toxins.
“The flavorings which we think are generally recognized as safe for ingestion, may not be safe for inhalation,” she said, calling out the feds to do more.
Instructed by the Obama administration to study and review effects of vaping, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in 2017 the review will not be prepared until 2022. The AAP, along with the American Cancer Society and other health organizations, filed a lawsuit against the FDA, demanding swifter action.
The calls are getting louder.
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