Youth Tobacco Epidemic

Former FDA commissioner calls for ban on pod-based e-cigarettes

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The sharp increase of youth e-cigarette use is “a travesty on top of a travesty,” said Scott Gottlieb, 23rd commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, speaking at the 19th Annual Marshall J. Seidman Lecture, hosted by the Department of Health Care Policy in the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School.

Gottlieb, now a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, in his remarks called for a ban on all pod-based e-cigarettes. 

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The 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey recorded a 78 percent increase in the use of e-cigarettes among high school students. With almost one-third of American teens using e-cigarettes, Gottlieb estimated that “unless we’re able to change the current trajectory of tobacco-related disease, almost six million children alive today will die prematurely later in life from tobacco use.”

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