U.S. Surgeon General calls for crackdown on e-cig use
E-cigarettes use among American youth has increased an astounding 900 percent in the past five years, according to the U.S. Surgeon General.
E-cigs are now the most popular tobacco product among American teens, according to a new U.S. Surgeon General's report .
Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, is now calling for a crackdown on e-cigarettes use among teens.
Murthy says, public health officials are most concerned about the effect that the inhaled nicotine can have on the developing brains of teenagers.
Murthy report states, the effects of nicotine exposure can include addiction, reduced impulse control, deficits in attention and reasoning skills, and mood disorders.
The report finds E-cigarette use among high school students grew 900 percent between 2011 and 2015, and the devices surpassed traditional cigarettes as teens' preferred tobacco product in 2014.
"E-cigarettes place a whole new generation at risk for addiction to nicotine," says Murthy.
He adds, "E-cigs threaten 50 years of hard-fought progress we have made curbing tobacco use."