"We need to do all we can to protect the public from tobacco-related disease and death, and prevent e-cigarettes from becoming an on-ramp to nicotine addiction for a generation of youth"
Amidst the growing dangers with e-cigarettes and vaping and the use of them by children, Melania Trump took to social media platform Twitter to express her concerns. I am deeply concerned about the growing epidemic of e-cigarette use in our children. We need to do all we can to protect the public from tobacco-related disease and death, and prevent e-cigarettes from becoming an on-ramp to nicotine addiction for a generation of youth, the first lady Tweeted.
I am deeply concerned about the growing epidemic of e-cigarette use in our children. We need to do all we can to protect the public from tobacco-related disease and death, and prevent e-cigarettes from becoming an on-ramp to nicotine addiction for a generation of youth. @HHSGov— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) September 9, 2019
On Monday, the US Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to Juul, the lead manufacturers of e-cigarettes, and they specifically addressed the company's marketing tactics, where they have stated that e-cigarettes are actually safer than regular cigarettes. Along with this, there seems to be a concern that Juul's messages are mainly targeting underage consumers, reports CNN.
"Regardless of where products like e-cigarettes fall on the continuum of tobacco product risk, the law is clear that, before marketing tobacco products for reduced risk, companies must demonstrate with scientific evidence that their specific product does, in fact, pose less risk or is less harmful," acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless said in a statement about its warning to Juul, which has been given 15 days to respond to the FDA's letter.
"JUUL has ignored the law, and very concerningly, has made some of these statements in school to our nation's youth," Sharpless wrote. Melania Trump has a "Be Best" initiative, which is centered around helping children, and one of their three motives include the health and well-being of kids. In recent times, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of children and teenagers using e-cigarettes because they are easily available, and Juul's advertising and marketing campaigns have ramped up.
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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with the FDA to monitor the dangers associated with e-cigarette use, and it has recently been linked to severe health concerns. On Friday, US health officials announced they are now aware of at least 450 possible cases of severe lung disease that could be caused by vaping across 33 states. There have been at least five deaths linked to vaping, as well.
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"We've also put the industry on notice: If the disturbing rise in youth e-cigarette use continues, especially through the use of flavors that appeal to kids, we'll take even more aggressive action," Sharpless wrote in his Monday letter to Juul. Their vape products use many sweet flavorings attractive to young people, such as watermelon, grape and strawberry lemonade.
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Melania previously addressed the use of e-cigarettes during a youth leadership forum in February, which focused on opioid abuse in young people. She was asked about the rise of e-cigarettes and kids "It's like a whole box of cigarettes," she said, noting that she and other parents are concerned children don't understand the full danger of e-cigarettes. "(It is) another issue that we need to deal with."
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