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American Lung Association Applauds California Governor Newsom’s Action to Address E-Cigarette Epidemic, Encourages Further Steps

(September 16, 2019) - SACRAMENTO, California

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom today took executive action to protect Californians from the growing youth vaping epidemic by authorizing increased public information campaigns on e-cigarettes, tougher enforcement of California’s e-cigarette regulations, and other actions to curtail this epidemic. This is a positive step in combating the growing scourge of vaping, especially considering continued reports of severe lung illnesses and deaths linked to e-cigarette use.

“The American Lung Association applauds Gov. Newsom for taking this action to prevent further illness and death from addictive e-cigarettes in California,” said Harold Wimmer, President and CEO of the American Lung Association. “While we support this step, to adequately address the youth e-cigarette epidemic more must be done to prevent youth from vaping in the first place. We know that youth are attracted to flavored e-cigarettes, and the Lung Association encourages federal and state governments to remove all flavored tobacco products including menthol cigarettes, e-cigarettes and flavored cigars from the marketplace to prevent a lifetime of addiction and tobacco-related death and disease.”

The youth e-cigarette epidemic is nothing short of a public health emergency that must be urgently confronted. Last week, federal officials announced that e-cigarette use among youth has increased to 27.5 percent, an increase of 32 percent since 2018.  Of the youth who use e-cigarettes, 63.9 percent are using mint or menthol e-cigarettes. Research shows that 97 percent of current youth e-cigarette users used a flavored product in the past month, and 70 percent cite flavors as a key reason for their use.

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