American Lung Association Urges Action on Results of Washington Healthy Youth Survey
Troubling New Data Underscores Urgent Need for State Lawmakers to Take Action and Protect Washington’s Youth
(March 18, 2019) - SEATTLE
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“The just-released Washington Healthy Youth Survey underscores that e-cigarette use has become an epidemic among youth in Washington. According to the Washington State Department of Health, e-cigarette use among 10th graders went up 61 percent from 2016 to 2018.
“E-cigarette use by youth is unsafe. The Surgeon General has concluded that e-cigarette aerosol is not safe. E-cigarettes almost always contain harmful and potentially harmful constituents including nicotine, formaldehyde and acrolein. Acrolein causes irreversible lung damage and nicotine exposure during adolescence can harm the developing adolescent brain.
“The Lung Association urges Washington legislators to support Bill 1074, which would raise the sales age of tobacco products in Washington to 21. In addition, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration must take meaningful action to protect kids from the predatory marketing of the tobacco industry. For years, the American Lung Association has been urging the FDA to remove all flavored tobacco products on the market.”
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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