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US surgeon general warns of teen risks from e-cigarettes

8 months 3 days 4 hours ago Tuesday, December 18 2018 Dec 18, 2018 December 18, 2018 5:44 AM December 18, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. surgeon general says swift action is needed to prevent millions of teenagers and adolescents from becoming hooked on Juul and other high-nicotine electronic cigarettes.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Tuesday that parents, teachers, and physicians must take aggressive steps to address an epidemic of underage vaping. The nation's top doctor is joining a governmentwide effort to reverse the trend, driven by devices like Juul.

The company's small, discrete devices have quickly dominated the U.S. vaping market. Last month, Juul shut down its social media accounts and halted in-store sales of its flavored pods to deter use by kids.

The surgeon general says adults should learn about e-cigarettes and talk to children about their risks.

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