To the editor, On Dec. 18, the U.S. surgeon general — the nation’s top doctor — issued an advisory report declaring teen use of e-cigarettes/vaping an epidemic.
For example, one in five high school students and one in 20 middle school students currently use e-cigarettes. This does include discussion about JUUL. There was a 60 percent increase in sales from 2016 to 2017.
With our involvement in the schools through Youth2Youth 4 Change, we are constantly hearing from youth about their peers using JUUL and vaping. Many youth and adults are not aware of the health effects of using e-cigarettes/vaping, including the harm it does to the developing brain, including its impact on learning, memory and attention.
Youth2Youth 4 Change is thankful to the surgeon general for bringing attention to these important issues and encouraging action. Parents, teachers, health professionals and community leaders can find recommended actions by reviewing the full advisory at e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/surgeon-generals-advisory-on-e-cigarette-use-among-youth-2018.pdf.
Parents can learn more about vaping/e-cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products that are tempting our kids at Tobaccoischanging.com You also can contact our coalition at rcy2y.com.
Debbie Fischer, director Youth2Youth 4 Change/Southwest Alliance for Tobacco Prevention