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FDA Targets Flavored E-Cigarettes In Attempt To Curb Youth Smoking

An unidentified high school student uses a vaping device in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Health and education officials across the country are raising alarms over wide underage use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products.
An unidentified high school student uses a vaping device in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Health and education officials across the country are raising alarms over wide underage use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products.
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Youth vaping is on the rise in the United States — 1.5 million more students used e-cigarettes in 2018 than in the year before.

That’s according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s National Youth Tobacco Survey. It says the uptick in e-cigarette use has led to an increase in overall tobacco use, reversing years of declines.

Earlier this month, the FDA announced new regulations aimed at curbing e-cigarette use, taking particular aim at flavored products.

Michael Pesko is a health economist at Georgia State’s Andrew Young School of Public Policy and studies tobacco use. He joined Sam Whitehead on “Morning Edition” to discuss the potential impacts of the proposed regulations.