Youth E-Cigarette Use and the Food and Drug Administration’s Multifaceted Approach

June 23rd, 2020

Results from the National Youth Tobacco Survey —an annual survey conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—show that in 2019 more than five million U.S. middle and high school students reported current use (at least once in the past 30 days) of e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). Nearly one million students cited daily use.

These numbers are indicative of an epidemic of youth e-cigarette use in this country and are particularly troubling as nicotine exposure during adolescence could harm brain development and lead to a number of long-lasting health effects, including nicotine addiction. There is also evidence that youth who use ENDS are more likely to start smoking cigarettes. 

Read the FDA commentary here.