The FDA is not just concerned about teen usage of e-cigarettes, according to the FDA commissioner himself, Scott Gottlieb, the organization worries that vaping could spawn a brand new generation of nicotine-dependents.
Vaping has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, particularly among high schoolers. A 2016 report from the U.S. Surgeon Generalcited a 900% increase in e-cigarette usage among high school students from 2011 to 2015. And like most trends, vaping has spread to middle school students as well. According to the report:
This month, the FDA took unprecedented action to limit teens’ access to e-cigarettes. The FDA argues that teen vaping has become an “epidemic,” while some users argue that e-cigarettes are revolutionary for weening adults off of traditional cigarettes. The FDA must find a public health solution to encourage smokers to quit smoking, but it can’t allow a new generation to become dependent on nicotine in the process. Is placing limitations on e-cigarettes the solution? What do you think?