The American Medical Association on Tuesday called for a ban on all electronic cigarettes and vape devices, citing an increase in use of the products by underage teens.
The group said it plans to lobby for state and federal laws, regulations, and legal action.
“It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA’s president, said in a statement.
The group said that it was also prompted by the outbreak of lung illnesses related to vaping which have killed 42 and sickened more than 2,000 others, according to the most recent data from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.
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Some have said that the AMA’s approach is not comprehensive enough.
“I would be 100 percent with the AMA if they were seeking a ban on all tobacco products that are smoked, including e-cigarettes,” said Jonathan Foulds, a tobacco addiction specialist at Penn State University. “But right now, nicotine electronic cigarettes are competing with and replacing the most harmful legal product in this country.”
? Juul Labs, one of the top providers of flavored nicotine pods, has pulled all flavors except menthol, tobacco, and Virginia tobacco.
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