U.S. Surgeon General wants tougher action to tackle teen vaping epidemic

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Tuesday issued a rare advisory here, calling for aggressive steps against e-cigarette use among teens, which he said has become an “epidemic”.

The detailed advisory listed various strategies that states, communities, health professionals and parents can apply to restrict the use of e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes are handheld devices that induce the feeling of smoking by delivering nicotine, flavorings and other additives to the user through an inhaled aerosol.

The devices, which are often thought of as safer alternative to cigarettes, are not harmless, the advisory noted.

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