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Teen E-Cigarette ‘Epidemic’ Leads FDA to Weigh Drug Therapy (1)

Dec. 18, 2018, 6:35 PMUpdated: Dec. 18, 2018, 8:06 PM

E-cigarette use among teenagers has skyrocketed in the past year so the FDA is proposing medication to help teens stop smoking.

The Food and Drug Administration will soon “promote development of products aimed at smoking cessation” for teenagers, Scott Gottlieb, the Food and Drug Administration’s commissioner, said Dec. 18.

Rates of high-schoolers using e-cigarettes has spiked in the past year. Surgeon General Jerome Adams declared the issue an “epidemic” Dec. 18, saying small and easy to conceal devices—sold primarily by the company JUUL—are helping kids smoke at unprecedented levels and often in secret.

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