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.”

See also:
– Know the Risks: E-cigarettes and young people, US Sergeon General