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The American Academy of Pediatrics Issues Sweeping Recommendations on Tobacco and E-Cigarettes

While adolescent use of tobacco has been steadily declining since the 1970s, it still remains a relentless and serious public health predicament. In addition, e-cigarettes are increasing in popularity and threatening to addict a new generation of young people to nicotine.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued extensive recommendations to protect young people from the harmful effects of tobacco and nicotine.

“Tobacco use continues to be a major health threat to children, adolescents and adults,” said Karen M. Wilson, MD, MPH, FAAP, chair of the AAP Section on Tobacco Control and section head of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at Children’s Hospital Colorado. “The developing brains of children and teens are particularly vulnerable to nicotine, which is why the growing popularity of e-cigarettes among adolescents is so alarming and dangerous to their long-term health.”

“The AAP urges the U.S. Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems the same as other tobacco products. This includes age restrictions, taxes, bans on advertising to youth, and bans on flavored products that are particularly attractive to youth”

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