ASH comment on US Surgeon General’s Report on e-cigarette use among youth
08 December 2016.
Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of ASH commented: “ASH is puzzled by the level of concern being expressed about e-cigarettes by the Surgeon-General. In the US as in the UK, young people are experimenting with e-cigarettes but vaping has not been associated with an increase in smoking, a point which is not made sufficiently clear in the report.
While nicotine is not completely harmless, it is smoking that is lethal. In the UK we have a regulatory system that restricts advertising and controls sales to young people. There is no evidence of significant regular use by non-smoking children and, as in the US, smoking rates are going down, not up.”
– Know the Risks: E-cigarettes and young people, US Sergeon General