Report finds ‘disturbing failure’ to stop underage smoking, vaping in U.S.

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By Shamard Charles, M.D.

Stricter enforcement is needed to stop the teen vaping epidemic, the American Lung Association said Wednesday in a scathing report that cites the failure of states and the federal government to keep underage kids away from e-cigarettes.

The annual “State of Tobacco Control” report singled out the Food Drug Administration for not taking “decisive action” to stop e-cigarette and tobacco use by teens and adolescents and to remove menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars from the U.S. market.

“This year’s report finds a disturbing failure of the federal government and states to take action to prevent and reduce tobacco use in 2018, placing the health and lives of Americans at risk, including our youth,” the American Lung Association’s national president and CEO, Harold P. Wimmer, said in a statement.

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