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The e-cigarette epidemic — recognizing Big Tobacco's Trojan horse

In a recent opinion piece published in The HillDr. Jonathan Fielding, distinguished professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, states that "an addiction epidemic caused by nicotine products targeting our kids is irrefutable."

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Monday, February 11, 2019
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In November, the American Medical Association, representing the nation’s physicians, called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take action against the “urgent public health epidemic” of skyrocketing e-cigarette use.

In early December, then-Senator Hatch (R-UT) introduced the Smoke Free Schools Act, which — among other measures — called on the FDA to partner with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Department of Education to discourage e-cigarette use among students and to study gaps in knowledge of the harms of e-cigarettes on youth, including injuries and poisoning.

The New England Journal of Medicine recently reported on urgent concerns of the impact of e-cigarettes on youth. Focusing on the extremely popular Juul (with 72 percent of the market as of August, 2018), they reported one pod is equivalent to approximately 20 combustible cigarettes — a full pack.

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Read more op-ed articles by Dr. Fielding