Big Tobacco Has Put a Target On Our Children


Health Editor’s Note: The use of nicotine in high schoolers and those in middle schools continues to rise and is on target to become a major health crisis. Big tobacco is so frantic to increase sales, that it has targeted children and the health of these children will take an astronomical hit. Despicable!…..Carol 

by Salynn Boyles, Contributing Writer for MedPage Today

Use of electronic cigarettes spiked almost 80% among high school students and 50% among middle school students in the past year alone, with 3.6 million teens reporting current e-cigarette use in 2018, according to new national survey data from the CDC.

In 2018, just under 21% of high school students (3.05 million) reported vaping within the last 30 days, versus about 1.5% (220,000) in 2011.

Among middle school students, current e-cigarette use increased from 0.6% in 2011 (60,000 students) to 4.9% (570,000) in 2018 (P<0.001).

Data from the CDC’s 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS), which is a nationally representative survey of middle and high school students, were published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

In his announcement Thursday of new restrictions on e-cigarette sales and marketing aimed at addressing underage use, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, said the agency has been aware of the recent surge for a few months.

“These data shook my conscience,” he said, noting that the number of middle and high school students using e-cigarettes in 2018 was close to double that of the previous year (3.6 million versus. 1.5 million in 2017).

The survey also revealed that 28% of high school current e-cigarette users were vaping regularly (on 20 or more days in the past month) and two-thirds were using flavored e-cigarettes.


“These increases must stop,” Gottlieb said. “And the bottom line is this: I will not allow a generation of children to become addicted to nicotine through e-cigarettes. We won’t let this pool of kids, a pool of future potential smokers, of future disease and death, to continue to build. We will take whatever action is necessary to stop these trends from continuing.”

Gottlieb, and the newly released CDC report, attributed the dramatic increase in teen e-cigarette use between 2017 and 2018 to the popularity of the e-cigarette brand Juul, which is shaped like a USB flash drive, and other closed-cartridge vaping products.

“These products can be used discreetly, have a high nicotine content, and come in flavors that appeal to youths,” the report noted.

In September, the FDA issued more than 1,300 warning letters and civil money penalty fines to retailers who illegally sold e-cigarette products to minors, the majority of which were the e-cigarette manufacturers blu, Juul, Logic, MarkTen XL, and Vuse.

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  1. It’s no secret the tobacco companies target young people and young girls especially like to appear older and more mature, supposedly to attract older boys.
    Does anybody remember the back in the 80s when Congress held a number of hearings and hauled in the bog tobacco execs on the carpet. Findings included that tobacco was enhanced with extra nicotine to addict smokers sooner. It has also been discovered that cigarettes contain as many as 60 different chemical agents, many of them carcinogenic, are added to the tobacco.
    The damage done to the health of Americans due to smoking unfortunately has been overshadowed by the damage from opioid addiction that claimed the lives of 75,000 Americans last year.
    However those who claim smoking cigarettes does not cause lung cancer are only parroting corporate propaganda from the likes of idiots like Rush Limpballs.

    • Not to all people smoking cause lung cancer, many smoking all his life and have not cancer… like me at least until now, I think…. 🙂

  2. Why no acknowledgement of zero nicotine flavours that are used by kids to look kool as vapor tricks. The article seems to be written by some one out of touch with actually what’s happening. Sorta like that village where dancing is banned with Kevin Bacon. Interpret how u like. Vapor is a way to stop smoking. Nicotine is another thing most kids don’t even include. But understandably that doesnt fit the agenda here. even add some zero stats from 2000 when vapor wasn’t commercial. We shud all stay home reading a Schofield zio bible.

    • Pablo, The e-cigarettes that are sold and bought contain nicotine. If you think they do not contain nicotine, you are part of the problem. Nicotine alters an undeveloped brain in harmful ways. Nicotine is what creates addiction, to well nicotine. For whatever reason kids start to use e-cigarettes delivering nicotine in such a way that it tastes good is wrong and is used to target the young.

  3. Freud, Jung, Bernays and so on, always joos, joos in every place on history where there is a evil thing… coincidence ?? I don’t think so, causality.

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