The consumption of electronic cigarettes among teenagers in the United States has increased 78% in 2018, alerted Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the Administration for Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the government agency in charge of supervising the sale of tobacco. .
In several tweets, Gottlieb expressed his "deep" concern about the increased use of "e-cigarettes" among adolescents.
According to the latest data from the FDA, it is estimated that a total of 3.62 million high school students are consumers of this type of tobacco in the US.
Gottlieb said he is going to contact those responsible for electronic cigarette companies to meet with them and try to meet the commitments established with the Administration.
The FDA recently launched a campaign to stop the sale of "e-cigarettes" to minors and has accused manufacturers and retailers of contributing to the expansion of this "epidemic" among children and adolescents.
In mid-November, the FDA proposed banning the sale of menthol cigars and limiting that of electronic flavored cigarettes.
The agency suggested that electronic cigarettes of flavors like mango or strawberry, attractive to young people, be sold only in specialized stores where they are asked for an identification card to prove that they are over 18 years old, the age at which it is legal to smoke In U.S.A.
On the other hand, menthol and menthol "e-cigarettes" would be the only ones, according to the proposal, that could be marketed in stores that open 24 hours and where this type of tobacco is currently sold along with a wide range of products, including food and drinks.